Supraventricular tachycardia terminated by external mechanical stimulation: a case of "pothole conversion".

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Supraventricular tachycardia requires atrial or AV junctional tissue for its initiation and maintenance. Acute management of supraventricular tachycardias include vagal maneuvers, pharmacological treatment, and electrical cardioversion. We describe a case of a supraventricular tachycardias cardioverted by the jolt of the ambulance hitting a pothole. The proposed mechanism of cardioversion is an external mechanical one similar to the precordial thump.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wong, MP; Armstrong, PW

Published Date

  • February 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 376 - 378

PubMed ID

  • 10087556

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-8389

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1540-8159.1999.tb00455.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States