Arrhythmias During Upper Gastrointesintal Endoscopy

Mathew, P. K.; Ona, Fernando V.; Damevski, Kiril; Wallace, Wayne A.
December 1979
Angiology;Dec1979, Vol. 30 Issue 12, p834
Academic Journal
Electrocardiographic monitoring of 52 consecutive patients undergoing upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed that arrhythmias during the procedures were common (38.5%) and tended to occur more frequently in the elderly (75%), in persons with heart disease (54.5%), and in persons with chronic lung disease (89%). The incidence of ventricular premature contractions in patient with no evidence of heart or lung disease was 19%. In one patient with advanced chronic lung disease, the procedure had to be terminated because of development of high-degree atrioventricular block. A high incidence of arrhythmias during endoscopy has not been previously reported in patients with chronic lung disease.


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