Body-surface maps of heart potentials: tentative localization of pre-excited areas in forty-two Wolff-Parkinson-White patients.
Heart potentials were recorded from the entire chest surface in 42 patients suffering from Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. We were able to identify six types of surface maps, according to the location of the potential maximum and minimum during the delta wave. For each of these types we suggested the most likely location of the pre-excited region around the A-V rings (types 1 to 5) or in the interventricular septum (type 6). In 13 patients belonging to Types 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 our hypotheses were in agreement with intracardiac recordings, epicardial maps or surgical results obtained by others. Isopotential surface maps provide more information on the location of the pre-excited area than conventional ECGs, particularly when these exhibit intermediate features between Types A and B.
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