Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation and the Autonomic Nervous System

  • P. J. Schwartz
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The autonomic nervous system has profound influences on cardiac elec-trophysiology (Schwartz et al. 1978; Corr et al. 1986; Schwartz and Priori 1990), and alterations in sympathetic (Schwartz et al. 1978, 1984, 1991, 1992a; Yusuf and Teo 1991) and in vagal (Vanoli et al. 1991; Schwartz et al. 1992 b) activity can either enhance or reduce the risk for ventricular fibrillation. At atrial level, these influences are possibly more complex and certainly not less important.


Atrial Fibrillation Refractory Period Atrial Flutter Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation Baroreflex Sensitivity 
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