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ECG Basics: Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia Converting to Sinus With PACs

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Fri, 10/29/2021 - 15:20 -- Dawn

This strip shows a supraventricular tachycardia, rate 196 bpm, after adenosine was administered to the patient.  The PSVT breaks, and an irregular rhythm composed of sinus beats and premature atrial contractions ensues.  This is common after medical cardioversion. The patient later settled into a normal sinus rhythm.  The abrupt change from a fast, regular rhythm to a slower, irregular rhythm is evidence that the tachycardia was due to a reentrant circuit, and not sinus tachycardia.

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