Idiopathic premature ventricular contractions exhibiting preferential conduction within the aortic root

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  • A 65-year-old man with frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) underwent electrophysiological testing. Although an excellent pace map was obtained from the right coronary cusp (RCC), radiofrequency ablation at that site interrupted the PVCs transiently. Successful ablation was achieved in the left coronary cusp with earlier local ventricular activation during the PVCs than that in the RCC. These findings suggest that preferential conduction within the aortic root may exist and cause ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) arising from this region to exhibit variable electrocardiographic features, thereby limiting the reliability of electrocardiographic algorithms and pace mapping to predict the site of the VA origin. (PACE 2010; e10-e13) © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
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  • Yamada T; Yoshida Y; Inden Y; Murohara T; Kay GN
  • Volume

  • 33
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  • 1