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December 1968

Catecholamine Excretion in Myocardial Infarction

Author Affiliations

Durham, NC

From the Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.

Arch Intern Med. 1968;122(6):476-482. doi:10.1001/archinte.1968.00300100010003

Urinary excretion of norepinephrine and epinephrine was measured in 30 patients with myocardial infarction for five days after admission to a cardiac care unit. Patients with uncomplicated hospital courses or those with primary ventricular fibrillation or complete atrioventricular block showed a similar pattern, ie, high initial levels with a slope to normal range over the five-day period. Patients with multiple complications, particularly of a hemodynamic nature, showed lower initial levels and a different slope over the five-day period. Some instances of catechol elevation at time of psychological stress are presented.

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