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Thoracic spinal cord stimulation improves functional status and relieves symptoms in patients with refractory angina pectoris: the first placebo-controlled randomised study
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    • Heinz Theres, Medizinische Klinik mit Schwerpunkt Kardiologie
    • Other Contributors:
      • Stephan Eddicks

    Dear Dr. Groves, Dr. Chester, and Editor,

    Thank you for the positive response to our paper on spinal cord stimulation for treatment of patients with refractory angina pectoris.(1)

    At the time when we performed the study and wrote the report, we were not aware of your scientific letter dealing with heart rate variability and spinal cord stimulation.(2) Otherwise we would certainly have discussed it in our paper....

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    Stimulating the memory
    • David Groves, Clinical Scientist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Michael R Chester, Consultant Cardiologist & Director of NRAC

    Dear Editor,

    Eddicks and colleagues’ placebo controlled study of spinal cord stimulation in refractory angina is important and interesting work which shows for the first time that patient appreciation of the sensation of spinal cord stimulation is not necessary to achieve clinical benefit.

    The article gives the impression that no previous work had been carried out investigating sub-sensory threshold Spinal...

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