Effect of Potassium Infusion on the Human Conduction System

Lawrence Gould, C. V. Ramana Reddy, William H. Becker, K. C. Oh, S. G. Kim

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His bundle electrograms were recorded in 12 patients before and after the intravenous administration of 5 mEq of potassium. Antegrade and retrograde refractory periods were determined with the extrastimulus technique. The AH interval was 84 ± 7 msec before and 89 ± 7 msec after potassium (P < 0.05). The AH interval at an atrial pacing rate of 140/minute was 129 ± 13 msec be fore and 143 ± 16 msec after potassium (P < 0.02). The effective refractory pe riod of the atrium was 264 ± 9 msec before and 280 ± 9 msec after potassium (P < 0.001). Thus small amounts of potassium delay conduction at the atrial and AV nodal level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)666-676
Number of pages11
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1980
Externally publishedYes

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  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Gould, L., Ramana Reddy, C. V., Becker, W. H., Oh, K. C., & Kim, S. G. (1980). Effect of Potassium Infusion on the Human Conduction System. Angiology, 31(10), 666-676. https://doi.org/10.1177/000331978003101003