Interaction Between the Autonomic Nervous System and Atrial Tachyarrhythmias

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  • CHING-TAI TAI M.D.,

    1. *Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, and Kaoshiung Veterans General Hospitals, Taiwan, Republic of China
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  • CHUEN-WANG CHIOU M.D.,

    1. *Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, and Kaoshiung Veterans General Hospitals, Taiwan, Republic of China
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  • SHIH-ANN CHEN M.D.

    1. *Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, National Yang-Ming University School of Medicine, Taipei, and Kaoshiung Veterans General Hospitals, Taiwan, Republic of China
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  • Supported in part by Grants NSC 89-2314-B-075-122, 89-2314-B-010-071, and 89-2314-B-010-070 from National Science Council Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China.

Address for correspondence: Ching-Tai Tai, M.D., Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, 201 Sec. 2, Shih-Pai Road, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. Fax: 886-2-2876-1786 or 886-2-2873-5656;E-mail: cttai@vghtpe.gov.tw

Abstract

Autonomic Nervous System and Atrial Arrhythmias. Atrial tachyarrhythmias are the most common arrhythmias in the general population. The abundant experimental evidence suggests that the autonomic nervous system plays an important role in the occurrence of atrial arrhythmias. However, complex interactions of the autonomic nervous system with the arrhythmogenic substrate make it difficult to correlate human arrhythmias with the laboratory data. Development of new methods to explore the subtle modulation of the autonomic nervous system may have implications for understanding the arrhythmogenic mechanism and providing an effective therapy.

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