Treatment of ventricular tachycardia using an automatic scanning extrastimulus pacemaker

C. Pratap Reddy, Edward P. Todd, Chien S. Kuo, Anthony N. DeMaria

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A patient with recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia that was resistant to both conventional and experimental antiarrhythmic agents was treated with a programmable automatic scanning extrastimulus pacemaker. The antitachycardia pacemaker was implanted only after many episodes of spontaneous and laboratory-induced ventricular tachycardia were reliably and re-producibly terminated with programmed ventricular ex-trastimuli. In the 6 months since implantation of the automatic scanning pacemaker, all episodes of ventricular tachycardia have been terminated successfully by the pacemaker. Acceleration of rate of ventricular tachycardia or induction of ventricular fibrillation did not occur at any time during attempted termination of ventricular tachycardia by the pacemaker. The advantages of the automatic scanning extrastimulus pacemaker over other antitachycardia pacemakers are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-230
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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