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Intraventricular Conduction Disturbances

  • Paolo Alboni

Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 12)

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Introduction

Rhythm was the first expression of cardiac activity which fell under man's obser­ vation, and the heart beat has always represented the very essence of life itself as it accelerates or slows during moments of rest, effort, joy and pain until it comes to a halt at the moment of death. Undoubtedly the heart beat was, for a considerable time, the only semiological element by which man could interpret the dysfunctions of the organism. Even after thousands of years, research into the alterations of cardiac rhythm still holds a certain fascination, although modern methods and sophisticated devices have changed the approach to such studies. Only about ten years ago, the in­ terpretation of arrhythmias was obtained by a standard electrocardiogram to which experimental findings on animals were still arbitrarily applied. On the other hand, the achievement of diagnostic decisions was of little importance outside the sphere of pure intellectual speculation since valid therapeutical treatments were lacking. At present, by means of electrophysiological investigations, one can verify and check 'in situ' the different forms and mechanisms through which rhythm and conduction disorders are manifested. Thus, achieving such a methodology which may be defined as a 'functional biopsy', we are allowed to put forward more accurate therapeutic indications now available using both pharmacological and electrical treatment.

Keywords

anatomy arrhythmia biopsy congenital heart disease drugs electrocardiogram (ECG) heart heart disease myocardial infarction pacemaker physiology

Authors and affiliations

  • Paolo Alboni
    • 1
  1. 1.Electrophysiology Section, Division of CardiologyArcispedale S. AnnaFerraraItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-8287-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-009-8289-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-8287-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0166-9842
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