Modulation of parasystolic activity by nonparasystolic beats.
We studied 12 patients with ventricular parasystole in whom pacemaker activity could be modulated by nonparasystolic beats (NPBs). In six patients (group 1) in whom the intrinsic parasystolic cycle length (XX interval) was obtained without interposed NPBs, we found that NPBs falling during the first half of the cycle prolonged the XRX interval (containing one NPB) and that NPBs falling during the second half of the cycle abbreviated the XRX interval; both effects were maximal when NPBs fell close to the middle of the cycle and were separated by a reversal point. However, because of mutual interference between parasystolic beats and NPBs, only 13.2-43.4% of the parasystolic cycle could be effectively scanned. We also found that the XRX and RX intervals were linearly related. This relationship served to establish that in six patients in whom the XX interval was not obtained (group 2), modulation showed a similar behavior, although neither the reversal point nor the sense of the modulation could be determined. In this report, we suggest diagnostic criteria of parasystolic modulation.
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