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Journal of Nuclear Cardiology

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 1454–1456 | Cite as

Autonomic innervation of the heart: Role of molecular imaging

  • Myron C. GersonEmail author
Review Article
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Remarkable progress has been made in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease in the last 50 years, and yet the burden of heart failure is growing and the challenge of preventing arrhythmic death remains. The role of the autonomic nervous system in the development and progression of heart failure and in the initiation of sudden cardiac death has been studied extensively. Beta-adrenergic blockade has emerged as a cornerstone in the treatment of both heart failure and cardiac arrhythmias. Nevertheless, the ability to non-invasively measure cardiac autonomic activity, use measures of autonomic activity to guide cardiac therapy, and identify high and low risk patients has met with limited clinical application. Autonomic innervation of the heart: role of molecular imaging provides a broad review of scientific investigation of cardiac autonomic innervation, the accomplishments to date in the development of imaging to characterize autonomic innervation, and the prospects for the use of...

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© American Society of Nuclear Cardiology 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of CardiologyUniversity of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA

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