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Effect of ouabain on the anterograde effective refractory period of accessory atrioventricular connections in children

By Roy Jedeikin, Paul C. Gillette, Arthur Garson, Co-Burn J. Porter, Stanley Beder, Peter Baron and Alexander J. Zinner

Abstract

The anterograde effective refractory period of the accessory connection was determined before and after the administration of ouabain (0.015 mg/kg intravenously) during electrophysiologic studies in 21 patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The mean age (± standard deviation) was 10 ± 2 years (range 1 month to 31 years). Each patient had stopped taking all cardiac drugs for more than 36 hours. Determination of the anterograde effective refractory period of the accessory connection was made using the atrial extrastimulus technique. A change in the anterograde refractory period of the accessory connection was defined as an increase or decrease of greater than 10 ms from the value before ouabain administration. The post-ouabain anterograde effective refractory period of the accessory connection increased in 2 (9%) of the 21 patients, decreased in 9 (43%) and was unchanged in 10 (48%). This study demonstrated a decrease in the anterograde effective refractory period of the accessory connection of 43% of patients with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome after the administration of ouabain

Publisher: American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Year: 1983
DOI identifier: 10.1016/S0735-1097(83)80201-0
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