Feb 15, 1997

Similar time-dependent recovery property of fast and slow atrioventricular nodal pathways

The American Journal of Cardiology
M L YoungG S Wolff


The purpose of this study was to determine whether fast and slow atrioventricular (AV) nodal pathways have the same recovery property. AV nodal recovery property is studied by delivering atrial extrastimuli coupled to atrial beats and plotting nodal coupling intervals against nodal conduction time. In patients with dual pathways the resultant curves will include a fast to fast (F-F) and a fast to slow (F-S) pathway coupled curves. Although fast pathway recovery property can be represented by the former, slow pathway recovery property requires further assessment by studying slow to slow (S-S) pathways coupled curve. In 9 patients with dual pathways F-F, F-S, S-F, and S-S curves were obtained by pacing protocols. In 8 patients (control) without dual pathways, F-F curve and atrial extrastimuli coupled to a preceding slowly conducted fast pathway beat (also designated as S-F curve) were obtained. (1) The S-S curve had a similar time constant as the F-F curve. (2) Although the S-S curve was markedly shifted upward and leftward from the F-F curve, the degree of leftward and upward shifts of the S-S curve from the F-F curve were both close to the difference of the basic fast and slow pathway conduction time (a constant). (3) Although ...Continue Reading

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Structure of Atrioventricular Node
Electrophysiology (Science)
Catheter Ablation, Transvenous
Tachycardia, Atrioventricular Nodal Reentry

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