Cardiac Sympathectomy for Arrhythmias

Douglas P. Zipes

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To the Editor: The electrical stimulation of the carotid-sinus nerve for the treatment of a drug-refractory supraventricular tachyarrhythmia1 represents an intriguing adaptation of the technic that Braunwald and his associates developed for the control of intractable angina.2 However, as the results in patients with angina pectoris indicate, this approach is not without its hazards and initially was not entirely successful in terminating the tachyarrhythmia in the case presented. Any method involving the permanent implantation of an electromechanical apparatus should not be undertaken lightly, as the article indicates.1 The sympathetic nervous system appears to have a permissive, if not a primary,.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-341
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 5 1970

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