Identification of the Patient at High Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death: The Value of Ventricular Late Potentials

  • G. Breithardt
  • M. Borggrefe
  • W. Haverkamp
  • G. Hindricks
Conference paper


Sudden cardiac death is still one of the major causes of cardiac death, mostly occurring in patients after myocardial infarction. Early identification of such patients is therefore of great clinical significance. The major parameters that identify patients at increased risk of sudden cardiac death are:
  1. 1)

    A previous myocardial infarction

  2. 2)

    The degree of left ventricular impairment

  3. 3)

    The frequency and type of spontaneously occurring ventricular arrhythmias

  4. 4)

    The modulation by the autonomous nervous system

  5. 5)

    The persistence or new appearance of ischemia.



Acute Myocardial Infarction Ventricular Tachycardia Sudden Cardiac Death Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia Late Potential 
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  • G. Breithardt
  • M. Borggrefe
  • W. Haverkamp
  • G. Hindricks

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