WILLIAM B. KANNEL, M.D.; T. R. DAWBER, M.D., F.A.C.P.; MANDEL E. COHEN, M.D.
A number of reports have suggested that neurocirculatory asthenia, sometimes called anxiety neurosis or neurasthenia,1 is a cause of or is associated with electrocardiographic abnormalities.2-9 The nature of these abnormalities was variable and in some instances resembled those found in organic heart disease. Such variations as transient S-T segment deviation3, 4 and T-wave flattening or inversion2 are among those considered to be due to neurocirculatory asthenia. Other reports do not support these claims.10, 14
In view of the fact that an electrocardiogram is a common laboratory test used not only in cardiac patients but also as part of the complete
KANNEL WB, DAWBER TR, COHEN ME. THE ELECTROCARDIOGRAM IN NEUROCIRCULATORY ASTHENIA (ANXIETY, NEUROSIS OR NEURASTHENIA): A STUDY OF 203 NEUROCIRCULATORY ASTHENIA PATIENTS AND 757 HEALTHY CONTROLS IN THE FRAMINGHAM STUDY1. Ann Intern Med. ;49:1351–1360. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-49-6-1351
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1958;49(6):1351-1360.
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