The Rate and Prognosis of Ventricular Fibrillation Complicating Acute Myocardial Infarction
Kerbala Journal of Medicine,
Volume 1, Issue 0, Pages 1-7
AbstractObjective: To determine the rate of ventricular fibrillation according to the
time of onset of ischemic chest pain of patients with acute myocardial
Design: Prospective observational study.
Setting: The only general hospital in Karballa city.
Patients: 146 consecutive patients admitted to the coronary care unit with
acute myocardial infarction.
Main outcome measures: Time of onset of chest pain and ventricular
fibrillation and survival of patient admitted with myocardial infarction. during
Results: The rate of ventricular fibrillation in these patients was high in the
first 4 hours from onset of pain (14 patients 77.8%) and decline afterward,
11.1% of patients with V.F. died during hospitalization compared with 7.8%
of those without.
Conclusion: Early admission to hospital of patient with acute myocardial
infarction will reduce the early mortality due to ventricular fibrillation. Faster
access to facilities for resuscitation must be achieved if major improvement in
the persistently high mortality of patient with acute myocardial infarction. is to
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