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April 1984

Documented Sudden Cardiac Death in Prolonged QT Syndrome

Author Affiliations

From the Division of Cardiology, the Department of Medicine, the State University of New York, Health Sciences Center at Stony Brook.

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(4):833-835. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350160199033

• Documentation of the mechanism of sudden death is described in a patient with a prolonged QT interval. Ventricular tachycardia was initiated by a ventricular premature beat (VPB) with a prematurity index similar to previous isolated VPBs. This event occurred despite the fact that the patient was receiving phenytoin sodium, a drug known to shorten the QT interval.

(Arch Intern Med 1984:144:833-835)

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