Tachycardia induced myocardial dysfunction. A reversible phenomenon?

C. J. McLaran, B. J. Gersh, D. D. Sugrue, S. C. Hammill, J. B. Seward, D. R. Holmes

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Four patients with myocardial dysfunction related to tachycardia underwent electrophysiological studies, which showed a re-entrant supraventricular tachycardia using an accessory atrioventricular connexion. Serial assessment of left ventricular function by echocardiography before and after control of the tachycardia indicated a variable degree of reversibility. Endomyocardial biopsy in two patients detected non-specific histological changes. Because of the possible role of ischaemia in this condition effective control of prolonged tachycardia is needed to prevent deterioration of myocardial function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)323-327
Number of pages5
JournalBritish heart journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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