Theodore Rodman, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Bernard H. Pastor, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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The recent introduction of direct-current external electric shock for the restoration of a normal sinus mechanism in patients with atrial fibrillation has reopened the question of the desirability of restoring a normal sinus pacemaker. To determine whether restoration of a sinus rhythm is hemodynamically beneficial to some or all patients, we have measured the cardiac output in a group of 47 patients with atrial fibrillation in whom an attempt at conversion was about to be made. The cardiac output determination was repeated if restoration of a normal sinus rhythm was accomplished.
All patients were given digitalis in doses sufficient to
Theodore Rodman, Bernard H. Pastor. The Effect on Cardiac Output of the Conversion from Atrial Fibrillation to a Normal Sinus Mechanism.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;61:799–800. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-61-4-799_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;61(4):799-800.
Cardiac Diagnosis and Imaging, Cardiology, Rhythm Disorders and Devices.
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