What is the Relationship Between Depression, the Autonomic Nervous System and the Risk of Death in Post-Myocardial Infarction Patients?

  • M. V. Pitzalis
  • O. Todarello
  • A. Fioretti
  • C. Lattarulo
  • P. Rizzon
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Several studies have hypothesized a relationship between sudden death and neurophysiological factors. In particular, it has been suggested that there is a complex interrelationship between emotional disturbances (in particular, depression) and cardiovascular mortality in patients who have survived an acute myocardial infarction.


Myocardial Infarction Depressive Symptom Heart Rate Variability Acute Myocardial Infarction Autonomic Nervous System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Pitzalis
    • 1
  • O. Todarello
    • 2
  • A. Fioretti
    • 1
  • C. Lattarulo
    • 2
  • P. Rizzon
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di CardiologiaUniversità di BariItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di PsichiatriaUniversità di BariItaly

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