Psychological Stress and Sudden Cardiac Death

Dr. Rachel Lampert presented this lecture as part of the Integrative Medicine Consult Service lecture series sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

Rachel Lampert, M.D. is an associate professor of medicine (cardiology) at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Lampert’s clinical interests include arrhythmias, stress, and the autonomic nervous system. Although psychologic stress and sudden cardiac death have been strongly correlated in epidemiological studies, the underlying physiologic link remains poorly understood. The implantable cardioverter-defibrillator population allows evaluation of effects of mental stress on arrhythmia. Recent investigation has included evaluation of effects of mental stress on ventricular tachycardia as well as mechanisms and prognostic implications of this effect. Ongoing studies include emotional triggering of atrial fibrillation and the role of stress reactivity.

Dr. Lampert received her medical degree from Vanderbilt University and completed her internship and residency at Bellevue/New York University. Dr. Lampert completed a fellowship in cardiology/electrophysiology from the Yale University School of Medicine.


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