BERNARD H. PASTOR, M.D.; SUZANNE H. WORRILOW, M.D.
The classical concept of Stokes-Adams syndrome is that of syncope, with or without convulsions, associated with ventricular asystole, in patients with complete A-V heart block. Morgagni1 first described the clinical picture of this syndrome in 1761. In 1827 Adams2 and in 1848 Stokes3 also described the condition, and the names of these two men are associated with it in the minds of most physicians.
For many years it was generally accepted that the mechanism underlying the clinical syndrome described by these authors and responsible for the syncope was ventricular asystole. Indeed, most textbook descriptions today4, 5 are based on this
PASTOR BH, WORRILOW SH. ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC PATTERNS IN STOKES-ADAMS SYNDROME1. Ann Intern Med. ;34:80–89. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-34-1-80
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1951;34(1):80-89.
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