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Effect of atrial pacing on the frequency of tachycardia in patients with recurrent junctional tachycardia.
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PMID:  1708869     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In order to assess whether atrial pacing reduced the frequency of tachycardia in patients with recurrent junctional tachycardias, ten patients with recurrent junctional tachycardias with atrial Intertach antitachycardia pacemakers in situ were paced in a random order in atrial demand mode at 50 ppm (AAI 50), 80 ppm (AAI 80), and 100 ppm (AAI 100) for a period of up to 1 month. The numbers of tachycardias detected by the pacemaker over this period were recorded and compared with the number seen when unpaced (000). Correct arrhythmia detection by the pacemaker was confirmed by Holter monitoring. The number of tachycardias in 000 was 44.7 +/- 19.8 (mean +/- SEM). No significant reduction in tachycardia frequency was seen in any pacing mode. Back-up atrial pacing at 50 ppm tended to reduce the frequency of tachycardias (32.3 +/- 12.8 tachycardias; P = 0.06). The higher pacing rates increased the number of tachycardias (AAI 80; 57.1 +/- 24.6 tachycardias, P = 0.20: AAI 100; 81.8 +/- 30.2 tachycardias; P = 0.31). Symptoms increased with each pacing mode and palpitations were statistically more severe in AAI 100 mode. Four patients had disabling symptoms at this rate and had to drop out. Atrial back-up pacing may be of use in some patients with junctional tachycardia, but overdrive pacing is not helpful.
P Murphy; D B O'Keeffe
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pacing and clinical electrophysiology : PACE     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0147-8389     ISO Abbreviation:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Publication Date:  1991 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-06-04     Completed Date:  1991-06-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7803944     Medline TA:  Pacing Clin Electrophysiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  404-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Cardiac Unit, Belfast City Hospital, Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial* / methods
Heart Atria
Middle Aged
Tachycardia / physiopathology,  therapy*

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