A 75-year-old woman was referred to our pacemaker/implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) clinic with an abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG). The ECG (Figure, A) showed abnormal spikes compared with a regular ECG (without spikes) (Figure, B) of the same patient performed 3 months earlier, prompting a referral for device interrogation. Clinical manifestations such as dizziness, lightheadedness, syncope, or signs and symptoms of congestive heart failure were absent. The patient’s vital signs were normal.
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