Sep 1, 1988

Atrioventricular nodal conduction and refractoriness following abrupt changes in cycle length

Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology : PACE
M ShenasaR A Nadeau


The properties of the atrioventricular (AV) nodal conduction and effective refractory period in man are generally evaluated at a constant basic cycle length (CL) and, in most cases, they demonstrate an inverse relationship to the drive cycle. The response of AV node to abrupt change in CL is less defined. We therefore studied the effects of abrupt changes in CL on AV nodal conduction time and refractoriness in 18 patients. AV nodal conduction time, and effective and functional refractory periods were measured during: (1) a constant long CL, (2) a constant short CL, and (3) after an abrupt increase in CL just prior to the introduction of extrastimuli. In 10 of the 18 patients a constant long CL of 600 ms, a constant short CL of 400 ms and a sudden short-to-long change in CL (400 to 600 ms) were tested. AV nodal conduction times (A2H2) were measured at the shortest and longest comparable A1A2 intervals. The mean value of the shortest A2H2 intervals for constant CL of 600 ms was 144 +/- 18 ms; for a constant CL of 400 ms it was 162 +/- 17 ms; after a sudden short-to-long change in CL (400 to 600 ms) it was 142 +/- 14 ms. The mean value of the longest A2H2 intervals at a constant CL of 600 ms was 185 +/- 18 ms; at a constant CL of ...Continue Reading

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Refractory Period, Electrophysiological
Nerve Conduction Function
Refractory Period
Cardiac Conduction System
Structure of Atrioventricular Node
NODAL gene
Cardiac Pacing, Artificial
Cardiac Conduction

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