A prospective evaluation of intrahisian conduction delay

J. H. McAnulty, E. Murphy, S. H. Rahimtoola

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The authors prospectively evaluated 46 patients who had intrahisian conduction delay. 23 had a split His potential and 23 had a prolonged HV interval with a normal QRS complex. In those with a split His, the interval between the two His potentials averaged 32.7 msec (range 9-90 msec); in nine patients this split His was demonstrated only by atrial pacing. The 20 patients from this goup with 1:1 atrioventricular conduction have been followed for an average of 18.1 months (range 2-48 months). All are alive. Three have had syncope, but Holter monitoring revealed no bradyarrhythmias. In the 23 patients with a narrow QRS and prolonged HV interval, the HV interval averaged 73.7 msec (range 57-180 msec). Twelve of these patients received pacemakers at the time of the His bundle study, six had symptomatic atrioventricular block and five had symptomatic sinus pauses. The 11 patients who did not receive pacemakers have been followed for an average of 15.1 months (range 2-44 months). In three with recurrent syncope and 5 with dizziness, monitoring has received no bradyarrhythmias. One patient died from a myocardial infarction without arrhythmias. Further prospective evaluation of patients with intrahisian conduction delay without documented bradyarrhythmias is needed, but with follow-up averaging 17 months and up to 4 years, patients with intrahisian conduction delay and without documented bradyarrhythmias appear not to require prophylactic permanent pacemakers to decrease morbidity or mortality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1035-1039
Number of pages5
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)


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