Monday, October 18, 2010

Polar


Both EKGs above are from the same patient, a 70 year old man with many medical comorbidities. He initially presented to the clinic for lightheadedness, presyncope, and palpitations. He switches into and out of the rhythms shown above.

Challenge: What is the syndrome described here?

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1 comment:

Craig Chen said...

Polar

This is tachycardia-bradycardia syndrome, related to sick sinus syndrome. Sick sinus syndrome is characterized by chronic inappropriate bradycardia, sinus pauses, and AV conduction disturbances. In tachy-brady syndrome, atrial fibrillation is most commonly seen (but occasionally atrial flutter and PSVT may be seen) alternating with bradycardia.

Sources: UpToDate; Wikipedia.