We describe a neonate that developed alternating wide and narrow complex tachycardias following heart surgery for congenital heart defect. Although the etiology was sinus tachycardia, a premature atrial complex initiated aberrancy due to phase 3 block that was perpetuated due to ‘linking’ at similar or even slower heart rates. Similarly, there was abrupt transition from wide to narrow complex tachycardia following a premature ventricular complex without a change in subsequent heart rate. This was explained by interruption of linking phenomenon by premature ventricular activation. While the above mechanisms are described in the setting of a supraventricular tachyarrhythmia, this has not been reported during sinus tachycardia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of Electrocardiology|
|State||Published - May 1 2018|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine