His Bundle Electrograms in Two Cases of Wolff-Parkinson-White (Pre-excitation) Syndrome
The catheter technic for recording the electrical activity of the specialized conducting system in the human heart showed in two patients studied that ventricular pre-excitation was apparently due to a bypass of the His bundle. Intermediate forms of WPW complexes appeared to be combination beats resulting from the activation of the ventricles through impulses traversing both the His bundle and accessory communications. Preferential iatrogenic activation of an intra-atrial (and perhaps even of an atrioventricular) tract appeared to occur in one of the patients. The patients with the WPW (pre-excitation) syndrome and long histories of paroxysmal arrhythmias were successfully treated with a combination of oral propranolol and implanted (transvenous) demand pacemaker.
- Received September 12, 1969.
- Accepted November 21, 1969.
- © 1970 American Heart Association, Inc.