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Sick Sinus Syndrome (and Carotid Sinus Syndrome)

  • Marc Gertsch


The sick sinus syndrome is a disease of the sinus node and occurs in middle-aged and older patients, with some exceptions. The most probable predominant etiology is a degenerative process of the sinus node with frequent involvement of the AV node. Other etiologies include coronary heart disease (CHD), infectious diseases, and other rare conditions. Clinically the etiology often remains unclear and is classified as ‘unknown’. In the section The Full Picture’ the carotid sinus syndrome, which is different from the sick sinus syndrome, is briefly discussed.


Sinus Node Carotid Sinus Sick Sinus Syndrome Sinus Node Dysfunction Sinus Arrest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Gertsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Cardiology, Swiss Cardiovascular Center BernUniversity Clinic InselspitalBernSwitzerland

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