Electrophysiologic studies with recordings of multiple intracavitary electrograms were performed in two patients with atrial dysrhythmias. In Case 1 the arrhythmic pattern in the surface electrocardiogram resembled atrial flutter. Electrophysiologic studies revealed the arrhythmia to be paroxysmal left atrial tachycardia, with separation of left and right atrial components of the P wave by an isolectric period secondary to marked interatrial conduction delay. In Case 2 the surface electrocardiogram indicated paroxysmal atrial tachycardia with block. Electrophysiologic studies revealed right atrial standstill with atrial inexcitability and two dissimilar rhythms involving the left atrium. The electrocardiograms did not accurately reflect atrial arrhythmias in these two patients and only multiple direct recordings permitted the correct diagnoses. New electrophysiologic observations concerning intraatrial block and dissimilar atrial rhythms are presented.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine