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March 14, 1966

Intracavitary Cardiac Pacing

Author Affiliations

From the Fairview and Abbott hospitals, the St. Mary's, Northwestern, North Memorial, and St. Barnabas hospitals (Drs. Jensen, Schmidt, Garamella, and Lynch), and the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis.

JAMA. 1966;195(11):916-918. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100110084022

Complications developed in four patients with heart block managed by permanent transvenous cardiac pacemaking; the complications were penetration and perforation of the right ventricle, fracture of the catheter electrode, and pacemaker-induced ventricular tachycardia-fibrillation. Analysis of these problems led to recommendations for improvement in this method of pacing.