Inder Perkash

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  • Electrocardiographic findings in patients with chronic spinal cord injury AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION PRAKASH, M., Raxwal, V., Froelicher, V. F., Kalisetti, D., Vieira, A., O'Mara, G., Marcus, R., Myers, J., Kiratli, J., Perkash, I. 2002; 81 (8): 601-608


    To demonstrate the prevalence and prognostic value of electrocardiographic abnormalities in patients with chronic spinal cord injury.All electrocardiographs obtained in the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center since 1987 have been digitally recorded and stored in a computerized database. For this study, only the first electrocardiograph was considered for analysis. The subjects were divided according to age and level of spinal cord injury. The Social Security Death Index was used to ascertain vital status as of December 1999.Annual mortality was similar in those with chronic spinal cord injury and the able-bodied. However, individuals with a higher level of injury had a significantly higher death rate than those with a lower level of injury. The prognostic characteristics of electrocardiographic abnormalities were similar in both the able-bodied and those with spinal cord injury.In general, electrocardiographic abnormalities had the same prevalence in the spinal cord injury subjects as in the able-bodied ones. The prognostic value of electrocardiographic abnormalities in subjects with spinal cord injury is similar to that observed in able-bodied subjects.

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