Electrophysiology Related to Cardiac Pacing Techniques

  • Berndt Lüderitz
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 3)


Bradycardias originate either from a dysfunction of impulse formation in the sinoatrial node or from a disturbed conduction of the impulse. A decrease in the rate of the sinoatrial node automaticity may be caused by an increased duration of the action potential, an increase in the maximum diastolic potential (i.e. hyperpolarization which delays depolarization to the threshold potential) or a reduced rate of rise of diastolic depolarization. Conversely, changes of these variables in the opposite direction increase the trigger rate of the intrinsic cardiac pacemaker.


Ventricular Tachycardia Sinus Node Supraventricular Tachycardia Cardiac Pace Circus Movement 
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