Electrocardiographic Changes During Hypothermia and Circulatory Occlusion
An analysis of the electrocardiograms from 25 patients during reduction of body temperature and total occlusion of circulation reveals marked abnormalities in conduction and rhythmicity. Hypothermia thermia was accompanied by slowing of the heart rate, depression of intracardiac conductivity, and by inhibition of the normal centers of impulse formation with resultant atrial arrhythmias. Circulatory occlusion during hypothermia was associated with a high incidence of ventricular arrhythmias. Changes noted in electric activity of the myocardium tended to return to normal with release of occlusion and warming of the patient.
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