Carotid sinus massage as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool for atrial flutter-fibrillation.

Alterations in vagal tone can influence the atrial fibrillatory process by changing the atrial refractory period. We observed in a patient with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) that carotid sinus massage (CSM) changed a "coarse" type of fibrillation into a "fine" type, followed by termination of the arrhythmia. Although coincidental conversion of AF into… CONTINUE READING