Initial ventricular activation in left-sided intraventricular conduction defects.
Nine patients with ECG evidence of rate-related left bundle branch block (LBBB) were studied using His bundle electrograms, electrograms from the right ventricular (RV) apex and vectorcardiograms recorded as heart rate was increased to produce LBBB. In five patients, when LBBB occurred, initially normal septal activation reversed and the HV intervals increased 10-30 msec, while the H-RVA interval did not change (group 1). Four patients had initially normal QRS duration (90-100 msec) but reversed septal activation (group 2). When LBBB developed there was no shift in either the HV interval or H-RVA interval. Only the QRS complex itself widened to distinguish these patients from group 1. These studies defined ventricular septal activation in normal conduction and in complete LBBB (group 1) and incomplete LBBB (group 2). The conduction patterns of group 1 and 2 patients are similar but are both markedly different from normal.
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