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Sinus node electrograms (SNEs) were recorded in 44 patients using a standard quadripolar electrode catheter (USCI #6) with 10-mm interelectrode distance. In 23 patients, the catheter was positioned at the junction of the superior vena cava (SVC) and right atrial (RA) wall so that the concave curve of the catheter was facing the concave surface of the RA(More)
To study the effects of digitalis on the sinus node and the mechanisms involved, 16 patients with the sick sinus syndrome had electrophysiologic assessment of sinus nodal function during (1) control study, (2) after pharmacologic autonomic blockade with propranolol (0.2 mg/kg body weight and atropine sulfate 0.04 mg/kg intravenously), and (3) 10 minutes(More)
To assess the role of autonomic regulatory mechanisms on sinoatrial conduction and automaticity in patients with clinical evidence of sick sinus syndrome, electrophysiologic studies were conducted in 12 male patients, mean age 64 4 7 years. Heart rate, sinus node recovery time (SNRT) and sinoatrial conduction time (SACT) were determined before and after(More)
We studied the effects of intravenous amiodarone administration (5 mg/kg) on reproducible repetitive ventricular responses and ventricular tachycardia (VT) induced by programmed electrical stimulation of the heart in 32 patients. Intravenous amiodarone prevented induction of bundle branch reentry in only 2 of 11 patients (18.2%) and did not change(More)
The clinical, electrocardiographic and electrophysiologic determinants and effects of antiarrhythmic agents on sustained sinus node reentrant tachycardia remain poorly defined. Of 65 consecutive men undergoing electrophysiologic studies for symptomatic paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia over a 4 year period, 11 (16.9%), who ranged in age from 39 to 76(More)
UNLABELLED Three patients with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia underwent electrophysiologic studies that included His bundle recordings, incremental atrial and ventricular pacing and extrastimulation before and after intravenous infusion of 500 mg of procainamide. In all three patients the tachycardia was induced during atrial pacing or premature(More)
The effects of a single intravenous infusion of 750 mg of procainamide was studied in 12 patients with symptomatic chronic recurrent ventricular tachycardia in whom arrhythmias could reproducibly be initiated and terminated by programmed electrical stimulation of the heart. Sustained ventricular tachycardia was induced in 6 patients and non-sustained(More)