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      Ergonovine-Testing-Directed Therapy and Long-Term Outcome of Sudden-Death Survivors withNo Apparent Heart Disease

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      Cardiology

      S. Karger AG

      Ergonovine, Sudden death, Calcium channel blockers

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          Coronary artery vasospasm, the most common cause of sudden death in patients with structurally normal hearts, is not well recognized. We describe 2 survivors of sudden death with ergonovine-inducible coronary artery vasospasm successfully treated long term with calcium channel blockers. Of the reported (17 worldwide) patients with documented vasospasm-mediated sudden cardiac death treated with calcium blockers, none have had a recurrent event. This is substantially less than the 6-month sudden-death rate of 18% of untreated vasospasm. We advocate that ergonovine provocative testing of sudden-death survivors with structurally normal hearts, followed by appropriate therapy with calcium channel blockers, be the standard approach for these highly treatable patients.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1998
          December 1997
          11 December 1997
          : 89
          : 1
          : 76-78
          Affiliations
          a Division of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, b Division of Cardiology, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, and c Division of Cardiology, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, USA
          Article
          6747 Cardiology 1998;89:76–78
          10.1159/000006747
          9452162
          © 1998 S. Karger AG, Basel

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