DINAMIT: Does ICD Implantation Improve Life Expectancy in Survivors of Acute Myocardial Infarction?
The last two decades have seen a substantial improvement in the survival of patients with acute myocardial infarction. In-hospital mortality has decreased from around 16% in the late 1970s and early 1980s to 8–10% in the early 1990s, as recently documented in a prospective population-based survey . The main reason for this reduced mortality is the more widespread use of and adherence to contemporary therapeutic modalities such as thrombolysis, administration of aspirin, and β-blockers . The survival of patients discharged alive from hospital after myocardial infarction has also been considerably improved. The 1-year total mortality rate of patients discharged alive from hospital ranges between 3% and 11%.
KeywordsHeart Rate Variability Acute Myocardial Infarction Heart Rate Variability Index Autonomic Nervous System Function Depressed Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction
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