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Digitalis excess mimicking the sick sinus syndrome.
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PMID:  1047059     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Symptomatic bradycardia-tachycardia is often a feature of sick sinus syndrome. However, when alternating brady-tachycardia results from excessive use of digitalis preparations or electrolyte imbalance, it is iatrogenic and therefore not considered to be SSS per se. Sick sinus syndrome is applied to the following arrhythmias providing they are not iatrogenically induced: (1) sinus bradycardia usually unresponsive to atropine therapy or exercise, (2) sino-atrial block or arrest with long pauses, and (3) alternating bradycardia or tachycardia.
S S Hamer; L Lemberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Heart & lung : the journal of critical care     Volume:  5     ISSN:  0147-9563     ISO Abbreviation:  Heart Lung     Publication Date:    1976 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-09-01     Completed Date:  1976-09-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330057     Medline TA:  Heart Lung     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  652-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis
Bradycardia / chemically induced
Diagnosis, Differential
Digitoxin / adverse effects*
Syncope / chemically induced,  etiology*
Tachycardia / chemically induced
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