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The relationship of arrhythmias to walking activity during mobilization after myocardial infarction.
  1. J. M. Roland,
  2. D. C. Banks,
  3. B. Edwards,
  4. P. H. Fentem


    The extent to which everyday walking activity is responsible for ventricular arrhythmias in the first 6 weeks after suspected myocardial infarction has been studied by simultaneous 24-hour recordings of electrocardiogram and walking activity. Forty-eight recordings from 46 patients were identified which contained couplets, ventricular tachycardia or R-on-T extrasystoles. In 24 recordings (50%) all the arrhythmias occurred whilst the patient was at rest and in a further four recordings there were fewer arrhythmias during activity than would have been expected by chance. Nineteen recordings (40%) contained arrhythmias which may have been induced by activity but in only three of these was the relationship definite. Clear evidence of arrhythmias precipitated by walking was found in only a minority of patients mobilizing after suspected myocardial infarction.

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