Inhibition of bipolar demand pacemaker by diaphragmatic myopotentials.
This report describes inhibition of a normally functioning bipolar demand pulse generator by diaphragmatic myopotentials. Transient pacemaker suppression occurred repeatedly with deep respiration, straining, the Valsalva maneuver, coughing, sneezing and laughing. When the magnet was applied, none of these maneuvers inhibited the pacemaker. Extensive investigations ruled out an intermittent electrode problem such as a wire fracture or insulation break. Sensing of diaphragmatic myopotentials should be considered in the differential diagnosis of unexplained pacemaker pauses.
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