Interpolated premature ventricular contractions with postponed compensatory pauses

a misnomer?

Agustin Castellanos, Juan Carlos Brenes, Julio A. Chirinos-Medina, Freddy del Carpio

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Selected strips of a Holter recording obtained from a healthy young person with rare unifocal premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) were obtained. Occasionally, the PVCs were interpolated and showed the phenomenon originally named postponed compensatory pause by Langendorf [Am Heart J 1953;46:401]. But this is a misnomer because, by definition, interpolated PVCs do not have compensatory pauses. Thus, it follows that what does not exist cannot be postponed. In reality, the basic manifest feature is a prolongation of the first RR interval that follows the interpolated beat. However, in view of its use for more than half a century, it is probably best to continue using this terminology, but only as long as its underlying mechanism and fundamental manifestations are properly understood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-379
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Electrocardiology
Volume39
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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  • Compensatory pause
  • Interpolated premature ventricular contractions
  • Noninterpolated premature ventricular contractions
  • Postponed compensatory pause

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Interpolated premature ventricular contractions with postponed compensatory pauses : a misnomer? / Castellanos, Agustin; Brenes, Juan Carlos; Chirinos-Medina, Julio A.; del Carpio, Freddy.

In: Journal of Electrocardiology, Vol. 39, No. 4, 10.2006, p. 377-379.

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Castellanos, Agustin ; Brenes, Juan Carlos ; Chirinos-Medina, Julio A. ; del Carpio, Freddy. / Interpolated premature ventricular contractions with postponed compensatory pauses : a misnomer?. In: Journal of Electrocardiology. 2006 ; Vol. 39, No. 4. pp. 377-379.
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