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- Received October 11, 2018
- Revision received November 13, 2018
- Accepted November 26, 2018
- Published online February 11, 2019.
- ↵∗Address for correspondence:
Dr. Adrian Baranchuk, Department of Cardiology, Kingston General Hospital, Queen’s University, 76 Stuart Street, Kingston, Ontario K7L 2V7, Canada.
The incidence of Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection, is dramatically increasing in North America. The diagnosis of Lyme carditis (LC), an early disseminated manifestation of Lyme disease, has important implications for patient management and preventing further extracutaneous complications. High-degree atrioventricular block is the most common presentation of LC, and usually resolves with antibiotic therapy. A systematic approach to the diagnosis of LC in patients with high-degree atrioventricular block will facilitate the identification of this usually transient condition, thus preventing unnecessary implantation of permanent pacemakers in otherwise healthy young individuals.
Both authors have reported that they have no relationships relevant to the contents of this paper to disclose.
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- Received October 11, 2018.
- Revision received November 13, 2018.
- Accepted November 26, 2018.
- 2019 American College of Cardiology Foundation
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