In 2119 unselected Busselton subjects 40 to 79 years of age, the 13 year mortality from cardiovascular disease was significantly higher in those whose initial electrocardiogram showed Q and QS patterns, left axis deviation, ST depression, T wave depression, flat or biphasic T waves, atrial fibrillation or flutter, and ventricular extrasystoles. In angina-free subjects whose electrocardiographic codes occurred in isolation from any other electrocardiographic abnormality, ventricular extrasystoles were associated with significantly higher mortality from cardiovascular disease compared with controls.
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