EDWARD W. HOLLINGSWORTH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Paroxysmal tachycardia may be defined as an abnormally rapid heart action with sudden onset and offset, and is divided according to the site of origin of the impulse which may be in the auricle, auriculo-ventricular node, or ventricle.
In general, the important point is to differentiate those examples of ventricular origin from others inasmuch as in them the prognosis is grave. There are several points of distinction clinically between auricular or supra-ventricular, and ventricular paroxysms, the former having a practically constant rate in the various attacks and being frequently stopped by vagal pressure,1 especially left, the latter varying in rate
HOLLINGSWORTH EW. Ventricular Paroxysmal Tachycardia With Report of a Case12. Ann Intern Med. 1932;5:1506–1512. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-5-12-1506
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1932;5(12):1506-1512.
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