ROBERT H. PETER; JACK G. GRACEY; THOMAS B. BEACH
This content is PDF only. Please click on the PDF icon to access.
The amplitude of the fibrillatory waves and the magnitude of the P terminal force in lead V1 of the electrocardiogram were examined in 30 patients without evident organic heart disease who were diagnosed as having idiopathic atrial fibrillation. Twenty-six patients (86%) had both fine fibrillatory waves and a subsequently normal P terminal force. None of the patients in the series had fibrillatory or P wave abnormalities of the magnitude seen in the majority of patients with known heart disease of the types associated with left atrial hypertrophy. It is concluded that either a fine fibrillatory wave or a normal P terminal force mitigates against the presence of left atrial hypertrophy.
PETER RH, GRACEY JG, BEACH TB. Significance of Fibrillatory Waves and the P Terminal Force in Idiopathic Atrial Fibrillation. Ann Intern Med. 1968;68:1296–1300. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-68-6-1296
Download citation file:
Published: Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(6):1296-1300.
Cardiology, Rhythm Disorders and Devices.
Results provided by:
Copyright © 2019 American College of Physicians. All Rights Reserved.
Print ISSN: 0003-4819 | Online ISSN: 1539-3704
Conditions of Use