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Effect of elevated plasma norepinephrine on electrocardiographic changes in subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Authors
  • Grad, A
  • Kiauta, T
  • Osredkar, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Stroke; a journal of cerebral circulation
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1991
Volume
22
Issue
6
Pages
746–749
Identifiers
PMID: 2057973
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We compared electrocardiographic abnormalities and plasma norepinephrine concentrations in 40 patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage within the first 24 hours, at 72 hours, and after 1 week. In 20 patients with high plasma norepinephrine concentrations within the first 24 hours, sinus tachycardia (p less than 0.02) and negative T waves (p less than 0.01) were more frequent than in the 20 patients with normal plasma norepinephrine concentrations. After 72 hours, only sinus tachycardia (p less than 0.03) was found with increased frequency in the 26 patients with high plasma norepinephrine concentrations. Although 24 patients had high plasma norepinephrine concentrations after 1 week, we found no differences in the frequency of electrocardiographic abnormalities compared to patients with normal plasma norepinephrine. However, QTc prolongation, U waves, ST depression, and arrhythmias were found with similar frequency in patients with both high and normal plasma norepinephrine concentrations. We conclude that, with the exception of sinus tachycardia and negative T waves, electrocardiographic changes in patients with subarachnoid hemorrhage do not depend on elevated plasma norepinephrine concentrations.

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