Case Studies

Arrhythmia Grand Rounds, April 2015, Volume 1, Issue 1: 26-31
DOI: 10.12945/j.agr.2015.00008-14

Method of Assessing the Safety of Functional Single Chamber Atrial Pacing Mode

Paul A. Levine MD, FHRS, FACC, CCDS

Loma Linda University Medical Center and Olive View UCLA Medical Center

Abstract

It is important to assess the integrity of AV nodal conduction if one chooses to implant a single chamber AAI pacemaker, program a dual chamber pacemaker to the fixed AAI[R] mode or utilized one of the functional algorithms promoting AAI pacing while allowing for excessively long AP-VS intervals and even low grade AV block. The symptoms associated with low-grade AV block may be subtle. This case demonstrates a method of assessing AV conduction at the bedside at the time of routine follow-up evaluation.

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