A wide QRS complex tachycardia with different initiation patterns: What is the mechanism?

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  • A 47-year-old man with palpitations underwent electrophysiologic testing (EPS). Burst atrial pacing while infusing isoproterenol induced non-reproducible wide QRS tachycardias with an unusual pattern of an H-A-V activation with the same tachycardia cycle length and two different initiation patterns. The tachycardia had the earliest atrial activation at the His bundle region. No dual atrioventricular (AV) nodal physiology was demonstrated by programmed atrial stimulation. Though a definite diagnosis of AV nodal reentrant tachycardia was not obtained, slow pathway ablation was performed in order to avoid inadvertent AV block as a complication. Thereafter, no tachycardias were induced by repeat burst atrial pacing. © 2007, The Authors.
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    Author List

  • Yamada T; Plumb VJ; Mcelderry HT; Kay GN
  • Start Page

  • 796
  • End Page

  • 798
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 6