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Mechanism-specific effects of adenosine on atrial tachycardia.
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PMID:  8205677     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Recent reports suggest that adenosine, in addition to terminating supraventricular tachycardia involving the atrioventricular (AV) node, may have antiarrhythmic effects on atrial tachycardia. The electrophysiological effects of adenosine on supraventricular tissue include shortening of action potential duration in atrial myocytes mediated by the potassium current, IKACh,Ado; shortening of action potential duration and hyperpolarization in sinus node cells; and anti-adrenergic electrophysiological effects resulting from inhibition of adenylyl cyclase. We therefore hypothesized that the response of atrial tachycardia to adenosine would be mechanism specific, with termination of atrial tachycardia due to sinus node reentry or cAMP-mediated triggered activity, transient suppression of automatic atrial tachycardia, and an absence of antiarrhythmic effect on tachycardia due to intraatrial reentry. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adenosine (mean +/- SD, 143 +/- 54 micrograms/kg IV) was administered to 27 patients (55 +/- 19 years) in atrial tachycardia whose mechanism was confirmed by electrophysiological study. Adenosine terminated sinus node reentrant tachycardia in 6 of 6 patients and terminated atrial tachycardia due to triggered activity in the 1 patient in whom it was identified. Adenosine transiently suppressed automatic atrial tachycardia in 7 of 7 patients and had no effect in 13 patients with intra-atrial reentrant tachycardia, including 8 patients with atrial flutter. CONCLUSIONS: These findings demonstrate that adenosine's effects on atrial tachycardia are mechanism specific and can be used to differentiate between reentrant tachycardia confined to the region of the sinus node or atria and between nonreentrant atrial tachycardia due to either triggered activity or automaticity.
E D Engelstein; N Lippman; K M Stein; B B Lerman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Circulation     Volume:  89     ISSN:  0009-7322     ISO Abbreviation:  Circulation     Publication Date:  1994 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-07-14     Completed Date:  1994-07-14     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0147763     Medline TA:  Circulation     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2645-54     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Medicine, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, NY 10021.
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MeSH Terms
Adenosine / pharmacology,  therapeutic use*
Atrial Flutter / drug therapy
Middle Aged
Sinoatrial Node / drug effects
Tachycardia / drug therapy*,  etiology,  physiopathology
Tachycardia, Sinoatrial Nodal Reentry / drug therapy
Grant Support
R01-44747//PHS HHS
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