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Cardiac arrhythmias the first month after acute traumatic spinal cord injury

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Objective Cardiovascular complications including cardiac arrest and arrhythmias remain a clinical challenge in the management of acute traumatic spinal cord injury (SCI). Still, there is a lack of knowledge regarding the characteristics of arrhythmias in patients with acute traumatic SCI. The aim of this prospective observational study was to investigate the occurrence of cardiac arrhythmias and cardiac arrests in patients with acute traumatic SCI. Methods As early as possible after SCI 24-hour Holter monitoring was performed. Additional Holter recordings were performed 1, 2, 3, and 4 weeks after SCI. Furthermore, 12-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) were obtained shortly after SCI and at 4 weeks. Results Thirty patients were included. Bradycardia (heart rate (HR)
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Volume37
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)162-70
Number of pages9
ISSN1079-0268
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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