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Clin Cardiol. 1996 Jul;19(7):597-8.

Oversensing of atrial flutter in the recipient atrium of a heart transplant patient with a permanent atrial pacemaker.

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Department of Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville 32610, USA.


Sinus node dysfunction requiring permanent pacemaker implantation is a common problem following heart transplantation. There are unique problems to consider in pacing the transplanted heart. This report describes a case of far-field sensing of atrial flutter in the recipient atrial remnant, with resultant inhibition of the atrial pacemaker in the donor atrium, and symptomatic bradycardia. Although postulated to be a potential problem, oversensing of the recipient atrium has not been reported prior to this case. Awareness of this problem will provide for more effective pacemaker troubleshooting.

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