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ECG Basics: Sinus Rhythm With Non-Conducted PACs

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Fri, 10/01/2021 - 15:07 -- Dawn

This is a good strip to demonstrate the change in the appearance of a T wave when a premature P wave occurs on the preceding T wave.  The PACs found the atria ready to depolarize and produced a P wave that landed on top of the preceding T wave, making it appear taller than the others.  The PACs also reset the sinus node, causing a slight delay before the next sinus discharge.  The PACs occurred while the ventricles were still refractory, so no QRS complexes followed.

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