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Jpn Circ J. 1997 Mar;61(3):268-71.

Exercise-induced second-degree atrioventricular block.

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Third Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, Japan.


In this report we describe 2 patients with exercise-induced, second-degree atrioventricular (AV) block. Case 1 was a 49-year-old man with normal AV conduction at rest but who developed dyspnea on exertion. Treadmill testing showed an exercise-induced 2:1 AV block. Electrophysiologic study (EPS) demonstrated rate-dependent, presumably intrahissian, AV block. Case 2 was a 31-year-old woman with first-degree AV block and complete right bundle branch block with dyspnea on exertion and occasional syncope. She had twice undergone surgical patch closure of an ostium primum atrial septal defect. Exercise testing induced type II second-degree AV block. Atrial pacing during EPS did not disclose rate-dependent type II AV block, but disopyramide induced second-degree AV block.

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