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Case report: complex arrhythmia induced by noncompetitive atrial pacing algorithm of DDDR pacemaker.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of interventional cardiac electrophysiology : an international journal of arrhythmias and pacing
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
4
Pages
431–434
Identifiers
PMID: 11752911
Source
Medline
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Abstract

This report describes the occurrence of a repetitive nonreentrant ventriculoatrial (VA) synchronous rhythm precipitated by the noncompetitive atrial pacing algorithm of a Medtronic DDDR pacemaker. This algorithm delivers an atrial stimulus 300 ms after the detection of an atrial signal in the postventricular atrial refractory period of the pacemaker. In our patient, the atrial stimulus released by the algorithm was ineffectual because it encountered prolonged refractoriness of the atrial myocardium. This situation produced a repetitive nonreentrant VAl synchronous rhythm in the setting of retrograde VA conduction.

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