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- Received June 2, 1986
- Revision received September 23, 1986
- Accepted October 10, 1986
- Published online April 1, 1987.
- ↵§Address for reprints: Pedro Brugada. MD, Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory. University Hospital, Department of Cardiology, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
The possibility of transiently entraining and interrupting the common type of atrioventricular (AV) node tachycardia (anterograde slow, retrograde fast AV node pathway) was studied using atrial and ventricular pacing in 18 patients with paroxysmal AV node tachycardia. Transient entrainment occurred in all patients. During atrial pacing, localized block in the AV node for one beat followed by anterograde conduction over the fast pathway was observed in three patients. During ventricular pacing, localized block for one beat followed by retrograde conduction over the slow pathway was not observed in any patient. Neither atrial nor ventricular fusion beats were observed during entrainment.
These observations indicate in a way not previously shown that reentry involving two functionally dissociated pathways in the AV node is the underlying mechanism of paroxysmal AV node tachycardia. The inability to demonstrate atrial or ventricular fusion beats during entrainment suggests a true intranodal location of the reentrant circuit. Finally, the ability to transiently entrain intranodal tachycardia demonstrates that this electrophysiologic phenomenon is not exclusively limited to macroreentrant circuits.
- Received June 2, 1986.
- Revision received September 23, 1986.
- Accepted October 10, 1986.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation