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Vol. 72. Issue 10.
Pages 866 (October 2019)
Vol. 72. Issue 10.
Pages 866 (October 2019)
ECG Contest
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ECG, October 2019
ECG de octubre de 2019
Pasquale Creaa,
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, Angela Nicoterab, Teresa Creac
a Cardiology Unit, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Italy
b Cardiology Unit, Papardo Hospital, Messina, Italy
c Internal Medicine, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Italy
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A 65-year-old man was admitted to the emergency room for dizziness. The patient was alert and oriented. Cardiopulmonary examination showed bilateral air entry with no adventitious sounds and normal heart sounds without murmurs, gallop, or rub. There was no peripheral edema. Analysis of the ECG (Figure 1, top) showed constant sinus bradycardia (42 beats per minute), with normal atrioventricular and intraventricular conduction. The patient was hemodynamically stable (blood pressure 120/80mmHg). Curiously, during observation, abrupt changes in heart rate was recorded. The ECG on the bottom of Figure 1 shows a phase of unexpected slowing of the heart rate.

Figure 1

How can you define this arrhythmia?

  • 1)

    Respiratory sinus arrhythmia

  • 2)

    Sympathovagal imbalance

  • 3)

    Sinoatrial 2:1 block

  • 4)

    Concealed atrioventricular node reentry

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