JOSEPH C. GREENFIELD JR., M.D.; EDWARD S. ORGAIN, M.D.
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Internal cardiac pacing has gained rapid, general acceptance as the best treatment for patients with complete heart block who exhibit either Stokes-Adams syncopal attacks or congestive heart failure. In such situations the heart rate is too slow to maintain an adequate cardiac output, and the use of electrical stimulation of the ventricle is lifesaving. Furthermore, temporary electrical pacing of the ventricle has markedly reduced the mortality in patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction complicated by advanced atrioventricular (A-V) block. In 1964 Sowton, Leatham, and Carson (1) used artificial pacing to treat two patients having normal A-V conduction who developed rapid
GREENFIELD JC, ORGAIN ES. The Control of Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias by Internal Cardiac Pacing. Ann Intern Med. 1967;66:1017–1019. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-1017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):1017-1019.
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