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Effect of bradycardia on dispersion of ventricular refractoriness.
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PMID:  3984859     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effect of bradycardia on dispersion of ventricular refractoriness was evaluated. Refractory periods were measured at 3 right ventricular sites in 16 patients with severe bradycardia (average heart rate 39 +/- 5 beats/min) and were compared with those measured in 11 control subjects, (average heart rate 72 +/- 12 beats/min). Patients with bradycardia had significantly longer effective (377 +/- 36 ms) and functional (421 +/- 39 ms) refractory periods (ERP and FRP) than control subjects (ERP 296 +/- 25 ms, FRP 346 +/- 18 ms) (p less than 0.001). However, dispersion of refractoriness was similar in the 2 groups. Dispersion of ERP was 43 +/- 38 ms and FRP was 48 +/- 35 ms in patients with bradycardia. In control subjects dispersion of ERP was 37 +/- 12 ms, and FRP was 36 +/- 20 ms. Pacing of 120 beats/min significantly decreased ERP and FRP in both groups. Pacing shortened dispersion significantly in control subjects. In patients with bradycardia, pacing failed to significantly decrease dispersion. Compared with control subjects with normal heart rates, patients with bradycardia have longer absolute refractory periods but do not have significantly increased dispersion of refractoriness. Single and double, twice threshold ventricular extrastimuli (S2 and S3) failed to induce ventricular tachycardia in any patient during bradycardia. Bradycardia alone does not appear to be a factor in the induction of ventricular tachyarrhythmias.
J C Luck; S T Minor; D E Mann; A P Nielsen; J C Griffin; C R Wyndham
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of cardiology     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0002-9149     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Cardiol.     Publication Date:  1985 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-05-07     Completed Date:  1985-05-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0207277     Medline TA:  Am J Cardiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1009-14     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Bradycardia / complications,  physiopathology*
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
Heart Ventricles / physiopathology
Middle Aged
Tachycardia / etiology,  physiopathology
Ventricular Fibrillation / etiology,  physiopathology

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