His bundle and right ventricular apical electrograms were recorded in 18 patients with acute transmural myocardial infarction in whom catheter insertion was considered necessary for clinical reasons. The V-RVA and H-V intervals were of normal duration (5 to 30 and 35 to 55 msec, respectively) in five patients (Group 1) with persistently narrow (less than 100 msec) QRS complexes. in contrast, 13 patients (Group 2) who manifested a "complete" right bundle branch block pattern within 96 hours after admission had prolonged V-RVA intervals (range 50 to 80 msec, mean 59.2 msec) and H-V intervals that were at the upper limits of normal or prolonged (range 55 to 90 msec, mean 63 msec). in 6 of these 13 patients, the duration of the V-RVA interval became normal when the "complete" right bundle branch block pattern disappeared and was replaced by a "complete" left bundle branch block pattern in three patients and by narrow QRS complexes in the three other patients. This study showed that transmural myocardial infarction in itself did not increase the duration of the V-RVA interval even when "complete" left bundle branch block was present. Moreover, a prolonged V-RVA interval coexisting with a "complete" right bundle branch block pattern was not due to distal right bundle branch block but resulted from a conduction disturbance located in the proximal portions of the right bundle, or perhaps, even within the His bundle itself.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine