Figure-8 tachycardia confined to the anterior wall of the left atrium
Liuba, Ioan; Jönsson, Anders and Walfridsson, Håkan (2004) Figure-8 tachycardia confined to the anterior wall of the left atrium. Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal, 4 (3). pp. 146-151. ISSN 0972-6292
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Incisional atrial tachycardias have been described most frequently in patients with previous corrective surgery for congenital heart defects and mitral valve disease. Less information is available on atrial tachycardias appearing late after isolated aortic valve surgery. We report the case of a patient who developed a left figure-8 tachycardia after undergoing aortic valve replacement. During electrophysiologic study the entire cycle length of the tachycardia was mapped within a low voltage area confined to the left anterior atrial wall. However, during ablation a transmural lesion could not be attained. The mapping and ablation strategy along with the mechanism of the tachycardia are discussed.
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