Cardiac Preexcitation Syndromes

Origins, Evaluation, and Treatment

  • David G. Benditt
  • D. Woodrow BensonJr.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Basic Concepts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Howard B. Burchell
      Pages 3-19
    3. Donald B. Hackel
      Pages 31-40
  3. Electrocardiographic and Electrophysiologic Manifestations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Charles C. Gornick, D. Woodrow Benson Jr.
      Pages 43-73
    3. Elias H. Botvinick, Melvin M. Scheinman, Michael W. Dae, J. William O’Connell, Donald B. Faulkner
      Pages 75-118
    4. Masood Akhtar, Michael H. Lehmann, Stephen Denker, Rehan Mahmud
      Pages 141-150
    5. Samuel Lévy, Jean-Paul Broustet, Marc Metge, Roland Cointe, Gérard Faugère, Raymond Gérard
      Pages 151-162
  4. Spectrum of Preexcitation Syndromes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Giuseppe Critelli, John J. Gallagher, Gaetano Thiene, Lino Rossi
      Pages 233-253
    3. David G. Benditt, David Dunbar, Adrian Almquist, Shanda Pool-Schneider
      Pages 255-278
    4. Anne Hamilton Dougherty, Gerald V. Naccarelli
      Pages 279-287
    5. Co-burn J. Porter, David R. Holmes Jr.
      Pages 289-301
  5. Electrophysiologic Evaluation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. George J. Klein, Arjun D. Sharma, Simon Milstein
      Pages 305-319
    3. Lawrence D. German, Marcel R. Gilbert, Jackie H. Kasell
      Pages 339-359
  6. Treatment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Edward L. C. Pritchett
      Pages 437-446
    3. D. Woodrow Benson Jr., Ann Dunnigan
      Pages 465-479
    4. H. Gareth Tobler, Robert W. Anderson, W. Steves Ring, David G. Benditt
      Pages 507-526
    5. James L. Cox, Michael E. Cain
      Pages 527-534
    6. Gerard M. Guiraudon, George J. Klein, Arjun D. Sharma, Douglas L. Jones
      Pages 535-541
  7. Future Prospects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 543-543
    2. David G. Benditt, D. Woodrow Benson
      Pages 545-552
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 553-556

About this book


correction of such a reentry when he observed The W olff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome, . . . in a favourable experiment, the vigorous the most common variety of preexcitation, has for some time held a fascination for those circulating wave and its instantaneous arrest by interested in clinical electrophysiology because section of the ring is a sight not easily forgotten. it seems to represent a naturally occurring event which, if adequately understood, would un­ Courageous is the only way to describe the mask answers to many fundamental questions first attempt to surgically interrupt an accessory concerning mechanisms and treatment of car­ pathway. The immensity of the feat speaks for diac arrhythmias. Thus, it has been described by itself: Open heart surgery was performed to Scherf and Neufeld [1] as the "Rosetta Stone" divide an invisible stream of electrons! This of electrocardiography. historic event was not anticipated. A fisherman The historic overview of the pre excitation from the coast of North Carolina presented to syndromes will be deferred to Dr. Burchell's Duke University Medical Center in 1968 with authoritative chapter, but a few highlights de­ refractory supraventricular tachycardia related serve emphasis here because they graphically to the WPW syndrome [2]. Attempts to control portray how elements of serendipity, courage, the tachycardia medically failed. Dr. Andrew and luck played important roles in the unfold­ Wallace (then Director of the Coronary Care Unit) had recently returned from the NIH ing of the mysteries of preexcitation.


arrhythmia electrocardiography electrophysiology heart physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • David G. Benditt
    • 1
  • D. Woodrow BensonJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Section of CardiologyUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Pediatric CardiologyUniversity of Minnesota Medical SchoolMinneapolisUSA

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