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      Differentiation between Parasystole and Reentry in Concealed Bigeminy

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          There are two different theories to explain the mechanism of concealed bigeminy: one is ‘2:1 concealed reentry’; the other is ‘irregular parasystole.’ Two exemplary cases of the even-number variant of concealed bigeminy are presented. In case 1 the mechanism can be explained by an irregular parasystole due to a modulated parasystole; however, findings during temporary sinus arrest caused by vagal stimulation indicate that this case is not governed by a parasystole, but by a 2:1 concealed reentry. In case 2, the mechanism can be explained by a 2:1 concealed reentry without parasystole; however, findings during temporary sinus arrest indicate that this case is governed by an irregular parasystole due to a type-I second-degree entrance block. Thus, in cases of concealed bigeminy without pure ectopic cycles, it does not seem easy to explain the mechanism of concealed bigeminy on the theory of a modulated parasystole.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1992
          1992
          14 November 2008
          : 81
          : 2-3
          : 100-106
          Affiliations
          Health Administration Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
          Article
          175783 Cardiology 1992;81:100–106
          10.1159/000175783
          1283728
          © 1992 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 7
          Categories
          Arrhythmias, Electrophysiology and Electrocardiography

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