TITLE

THE ELECTROCARDIOGRAM AND VECTORCARDIOGRAM ASSOCIATED WITH CHRONIC PULMONARY DISEASE

AUTHOR(S)
Wachtel, Fred W.; Rothfeld, Edwin L.; Bernstein, Arthur
PUB. DATE
September 1970
SOURCE
Angiology;Sep1970, Vol. 21 Issue 8, p526
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The recognition of heart disease as a result of chronic lung disease is important from the therapeutic and prognostic points of view. In an evaluation of patients with chronic pulmonary emphysema, we regard it to be of importance to differentiate those persons with actual heart disease as a consequence of excessive pulmonary circulatory resistance from those people with only potential circulatory effects and without clinical heart disease. The electrocardiogram and vectorcardiogram have been most helpful in this regard. The group with pulmonary hypertension and resultant right ventricular hypertrophy has electrical forces which are predominantly anterior and to the right. Those patients without specific heart disease demonstrate a rotation of the electric forces of the heart secondary to the cardiac position and the altered lung structure and volume.
ACCESSION #
16520581

 

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