The diving reflex used to treat paroxysmal atrial tachycardia
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

Induction of the diving reflex, by immersion of the face in cold water (2 degrees C) while the breath was held, converted paroxysmal atrial tachycardia to sinus rhythm within 15-35 seconds in seven patients (aged 22-66). Four had histories of heart attacks that had previously required vasopressor therapy, and two had been digitalised; three had no history of prior paroxysmal atrial tachycardia or heart-disease. The reported procedure, which is convenient, non-invasive, and can be self administered by the patient after brief instruction, may offer a useful adjunct to carotid-sinus massage and intravenous infusion of vasopressors for the treatment of paroxysmal atrial tachycardia.

Author(s): 
Wildenthal, K.
Leshin, S. J.
Atkins, J. M.
Skelton, C. L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Lancet
Journal Abbreviation: 
Lancet
Publication Date: 
Jan 4, 1975
Publication Year: 
1975
Pages: 
12-14
Volume: 
1
Issue: 
7897
ISSN: 
0140-6736
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 46336

Turabian/Chicago Citation

K. Wildenthal, S. J. Leshin, J. M. Atkins and C. L. Skelton. Jan 4, 1975. "The diving reflex used to treat paroxysmal atrial tachycardia." Lancet 1: 7897: 12-14.

Wikipedia Citation

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