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The use of permanent pacemakers in the detection of cardiac arrhythmias

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Chris PlummerORCiD, Dr Janet McComb


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Aims To compare pacemaker telemetry with simultaneous Holter recordings in the diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and to evaluate the STOP-AF study telemetry criteria for the presence of atrial fibrillation. Methods and Results 18 consecutive patients enrolled in the STOP-AF study had simultaneous 24 h Holter recordings and down-loaded pacemaker telemetry. There was good agreement on heart rate, but thr STOP-AF pacemaker criteria achieved only 57% sensitivity with 64% specificity For the presence of atrial fibrillation on Holter recording over 24 h. False-positives appeared to result from far-field sensing while false-negatives occurred with very short episodes of atrial fibrillation. The pacemaker's antitachycardia responses were not specific for the presence of atrial fibrillation. Conclusion Pacemaker telemetry is a potentially important sourer of data on cardiac arrhythmias. Further studies are required to define the limitations of these data in specific devices before they can be interpreted with confidence. (C) 2001 The European Society of Cardiology.

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Author(s): Plummer CJ, Henderson S, Gardener L, McComb JM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Europace

Year: 2001

Volume: 3

Issue: 3

Pages: 229-232

ISSN (print): 1099-5129

ISSN (electronic): 1532-2092

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1053/eupc.2001.0178


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