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Unusual AV Wenckebach

Assoc Prof Harry Mond identifies a plethora of insights that come with studying Wenckebach sequences. This week, a definitely not boring look into atrioventricular (AV) and non-AV types, and how it’s all in the timing!

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Managed ventricular pacing

A ‘bizarre’ case of dual chamber pacing with an 80ms AV delay, called us for a second opinion! With examples of a) Atrial pacing at 50 bpm and prolonged AV delay b) Wenckebach AV block; & Ventricular paced beat after 2 secs, we deep dive...

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Is this artefact?

This week MD Assoc Prof H Mond examines the similarities between the characteristics of artefact vs non-atrioventricular Wenckebach blocks and the importance of recognising footprints for correct diagnosis.

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Rate dependent bundle branch block

Exploring another ventricular aberration this week, we look at rate dependent bundle branch block, its defining characteristics, a number of important differential diagnoses and how to avoid serious misdiagnosis.

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Sino-atrial Wenckebach

With a pause about twice the cycle length of the R to R intervals and no P, QRS or T waves, this case tackles one of the most difficult explanations in ECG interpretation and demands a revisit to the fundamentals or “footprints” of Wenckebach AV...

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The bizarre atrioventricular (AV) delay

In this first of his Fun With ECG series, our MD Assoc Prof Harry Mond looks at this bizarre atrioventricular (AV) delay. Look closely at the ECG. The AV delay timings don’t make sense. The AV delay for atrial sensing/ventricular pacing (As Vp) is always...

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Interpreting the Holter monitor rate histogram

In this rare case, we see two very unusual and critical factors that together lead to atrial oversensing and “apparent” violation of the lower rate limit; a very narrow zone of open atrial sensing and far-field R wave sensing. While the first time MD Assoc...

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Non-physiologic atrial pacing

First thoughts on this Holter tracing was artefact, but the native rhythm showed a regular pattern of irregularity! Taking a close look at overnight tracings when the rhythm would be slow and the “artefact” less likely, revealed what was really going on. In this case...

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Vagal hypertonia in 44-year male

The Holter monitor tracings of a 44-year old male caused a lot of excitement at CardioScan this week. With 12 bradycardia episodes overnight, it was initially considered Wenckebach AV block. While clinically, rather than visually, correct, it nevertheless, did not fulfil the footprints of Wenckebach...

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Mode switching: Fast and slow pacing

Seen for the first time, the pattern in this 24hr histogram gives instantly recognisable clues about what is happening, even without looking at the tracings. Normally, we see a diurnal pattern of rate changes during the day with lower rates at night, but rarely a...

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