Neuromuscular Disease: Cardiac Manifestations and Sudden Death Risk

Worawan Limipitikul, Chin Siang Ong, Gordon F. Tomaselli

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Cardiovascular complications of neuromuscular diseases disproportionately affect the cardiac conduction system. Cardiomyopathy and cardiac arrhythmias produce significant morbidity and mortality. Patients with neuromuscular diseases should be carefully and frequently evaluated for the presence of bradycardia, heart block, and tachyarrhythmias. Preemptive treatment with permanent pacemakers or implanted defibrillators is appropriate in patients with conduction system disease or who are at risk for ventricular arrhythmias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)731-747
Number of pages17
JournalCardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Arrhythmia
  • Conduction block
  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Pacemaker
  • Sudden death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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