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January 30, 1932

BUNDLE BRANCH BLOCK OF UNUSUAL DURATION

JAMA. 1932;98(5):398-399. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.27320310001009a

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Abstract

An electrocardiographic finding signifying a high degree of bundle branch block is usually considered of great importance. White states that although the prognosis is based chiefly on other evidences of heart disease it is usually a serious one, the average duration of life after its discovery being only a few years. In a critical study Willius found that of 154 patients with bundle branch block 65 per cent died of heart disease in an average of thirteen months following examination. It has frequently been stated by many authors that this graphic abnormality furnishes reliable evidence toward nonfavorable prognosis. We report here a case of bundle branch block of unusual duration, the patient being alive and well at the present time.

REPORT OF CASE 

History.  —F. L. I. O., aged 47, a housewife, reported for examination, Feb. 17, 1920, complaining of shortness of breath, which she had had for about a

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