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J Vet Cardiol. 2011 Sep;13(3):227-30. doi: 10.1016/j.jvc.2011.03.003. Epub 2011 Aug 2.

Use of transesophageal atrial pacing to provide temporary chronotropic support in a dog undergoing permanent pacemaker implantation.

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  • 1Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, East Lansing, MI 48823, USA.


A 14.5-kg, 13-year-old female spayed Cocker spaniel was evaluated because of episodic hind limb weakness. Results of examination were consistent with sick sinus syndrome with intermittent second-degree atrioventricular block. Transesophageal atrial pacing was successful in providing chronotropic support during permanent pacemaker implantation. Transesophageal atrial pacing appears to be a viable option for temporary atrial pacing in dogs with hemodynamically marked bradycardia without significant atrioventricular blockade.

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