Occurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia due to atrioventricular nodal reentry.

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Journal Article

The occurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients with paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) has been well documented when PSVT is secondary to atrioventricular reentry, but not when PSVT is secondary to atrioventricular nodal reentry (AVNRT). Seventeen patients with AVNRT were followed using transtelephonic electrocardiogram monitoring to document symptomatic tachycardias. The median length of telephone monitor surveillance was 357 days. Fifteen of 17 patients transmitted electrocardiograms that showed PSVT. Three of 17 patients (18%) transmitted electrocardiograms that showed atrial fibrillation. A transition from PSVT into atrial fibrillation was not recorded, but all three did have PSVT recorded on other days of follow-up. We report the occurrence of atrial fibrillation in patients with AVNRT and that its incidence is higher than expected for the general population.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hurwitz, JL; German, LD; Packer, DL; Wharton, JM; McCarthy, EA; Wilkinson, WE; Prystowsky, EN; Pritchett, EL

Published Date

  • June 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 705 - 710

PubMed ID

  • 1695348

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1695348

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-8159

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-8389

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1540-8159.1990.tb02094.x

Language

  • eng