Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 9581
  Title Possible role of spinal joint dysfunction in the genesis of sudden cardiac death
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1989 Dec;12(6):469-477
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Review

Disturbances in sympathetic and parasympathetic regulation of the heart are associated with increased vulnerability to sudden cardiac death. Destabilizing neural input to the vagus and cardiac sympathetic nerves may originate from mechanically irritated intervertebral joints. Asymptomatic spinal joint dysfunction can affect the autonomic nervous system and may activate potent somatocardiac reflexes. Aberrant neural impulses from vertebral dysfunction may adversely affect the electrical stability of the heart and increase susceptibility to ventricular fibrillation. Correcting the spinal joint dysfunction which activates these articulovisceral reflexes may have beneficial effects in decreasing vulnerability to sudden cardiac death.

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