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Clin Cardiol. 1988 May;11(5):307-10.

Sensitivity and specificity of programmed atrial stimulation for induction of supraventricular tachycardias.

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Department of Medicine, Tufts/New England Medical Center Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.


The sensitivity and specificity of two programmed atrial stimulation protocols were studied in 92 consecutive patients undergoing electrophysiologic studies both with (35 patients) and without (57 patients) clinical supraventricular arrhythmias. Protocol I (P I) consisted of incremental atrial pacing to 2:1 atrioventricular (AV) block and a single atrial extrastimulus scanned by 10 ms decrements through diastole to the atrial effective refractory period at a single drive-cycle length. Protocol II (P II) included a second atrial extrastimulus scanned by 10 ms decrements through diastole at a single drive-cycle length with the first extrastimulus set 20 ms from the atrial effective refractory period. Rapid atrial pacing at cycle lengths of 350, 300, and 250 ms was then performed with P II. P I was employed in all patients while P II was studied in the final 48 patients only. Of the 35 patients with clinical atrial arrhythmias, 26 (74%) of their arrhythmias were induced with either P I (18/35; sensitivity = 51%) and/or P II (12/17; sensitivity = 71%). Of the 57 patients without clinical atrial arrhythmias (control group), atrial arrhythmias were induced in 11 (19%), 3 with P I (specificity 95%, 54/57) and 8 with P II (specificity 74%, 23/31). The sensitivity of P II was higher (71%), but its specificity was lower (74%) than P I (51% and 95%, respectively; p less than 0.05). The positive predictive value of P II was lower (60%) than that of P I (86%) (p less than 0.05), but the negative predictive value (82%) and predictive accuracy (73%) were comparable to those of P I (76% and 78%, respectively).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS).

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