Is there an ideal ventricular stimulation protocol?

  • Jay W. Mason
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 71)


Interest in defining the correct protocol to use to initiate and evaluate ventricular tachyarrhythmias has recently grown because of expanding clinical use of cardiac electrophysiologic study. Investigators have been aware of the large influence which seemingly small details of the stimulation technique have upon the results of ventricular stimulation. For example, Swerdlow and colleagues [1] found that a third extrastimulus produced far more false-negative predictions of drug efficacy than a maximum of two extrastimuli. Though uniformity of protocols has increased with each new publication on the topic, there remains considerable divergence from laboratory to laboratory. Furthermore, the rationale for many ‘standard,’ uniformly applied features of existing protocols is not developed.


Ventricular Tachycardia Stimulation Protocol Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia Interpretive Criterion Ventricular Stimulation 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jay W. Mason
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  1. 1.Cardiology DivisionUniversity of Utah School of MedicineUSA

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