Surgical Revascularization in Patients with ”Ischemia-related” Ventricular Fibrillation: Is It Sufficient to Prevent Sudden Death?

  • R. N. W. Hauer
Conference paper


Acute ischemia is a major contributing factor in sudden cardiac death attributable to ventricular fibrillation [1, 2]. Surgical revascularization is a generally accepted treatment for acute ischemia. However, the role of revascularization in secondary prevention for the survivors of cardiac death is controversial [3, 4]. In the presence of acute ischemia as the only causative factor in the arrhythmia, revascularization has proved very effective in the case of critical narrowing of at least one coronary artery [5]. If narrowing is due to coronary spasm, however, calcium blockers and ICD implantation are the preferred therapies. Polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation are the typical arrhythmias caused by acute ischemia.


Sudden Cardiac Death Ventricular Fibrillation Major Contribute Factor Acute Ischemia Surgical Revascularization 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. N. W. Hauer
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  1. 1.Heart Lung Center UtrechtUniversity Medical CenterUtrechtThe Netherlands

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