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Advanced atrioventricular block of the second degree and block of the third degree of type A1

1 According to the authors' classification, type A denotes a variant of AV blockade with a normal form of the QRS complex, and type B indicates a variant of AV blockade with an expanded QRS complex. - Note. translator.

The term “advanced grade II AV block” is used when more than two consecutive supraventricular impulses are blocked [9]. Although it is difficult to distinguish this variant of blockade from AV blockade of the third degree (if any), nevertheless, with blockade of the third degree, most ventricular complexes are the result of impulses arising in the secondary source of automatism, whereas with advanced blockade of the second degree, ventricular activation is controlled mainly by unblocked supraventricular impulses. The type of conduction in which one sinus impulse is conducted into the ventricles and followed by two blocked impulses is called 3: 1 conduction, while the successful conduction of only one of the four atrial impulses is defined as 4: 1 conduction. A few examples of this type of blockade are discussed below.

In fig. 1.13 shows the experimental recording of transmembrane action potentials in the region of the AV node, as well as an electrocardiogram and ladder diagram for analysis of the activation sequence [9]. In the initial part of Fig. 1.13 there are several periods of AV-conducting 2: 1, in which the AV-interval detects the alternation of short and long cycles of 202, 138, 190 and 150 ms. Violation of the conduction always occurs above the NH fiber, and the conduction time according to the His – Purkinje system (or subnode time) remains constant and almost corresponds to the norm. Judging by the ventricular complexes on the ECG, there are no disorders of the intraventricular conduction. Thus, here, apparently, there is only one block level. However, fluctuations in the amplitude of local responses of NH fibers suggest that the alternation of AV conduction time is due to the difference in the depth of penetration of blocked atrial impulses into the AV node. For example, the second and sixth atrial excitation waves (low-amplitude two-phase oscillations on the electrocardiogram) are hardly accompanied by any changes in the membrane resting potential of the NH fiber, while the fourth atrial impulse causes a certain change in potential (local response), which indicates a somewhat deeper penetration of excitement. This increases the time of AV conduction of the fifth atrial impulse in comparison with other non-blocked impulses - the effect of hidden conduction. As noted above, the period of AB-holding 2: 1 is followed by a period of 4: 1. During 4: 1, the second of three consecutive blocked pulses causes a slightly larger change in potential, which implies a deeper penetration of this pulse into the node. A similar phenomenon is usually observed in the presence of 4: 1.

Fig. 1.13. Advanced AV block II degree with a variable depth of penetration of the atrial impulse into the AV node (AVU).

On the presented in fig. 1.13, B of the record obtained 3 minutes after the registration shown in Fig. 1.13, A, the three periods of AB-holding 2: 1 are followed by answers 3: 1 and 4: 1. Registration of the transmembrane potential in the N-region of the AV node during 2: 1 again demonstrates fluctuations in the level of conduction disturbance, causing the alternation of time periods of the AV conduction. When a blocked pulse penetrates deeper into the AV node, the subsequent action potential of the fiber detects a decrease in the rate of rise of the front when smearing or memorizing the zero phase. Obtaining such data implies the presence of either decremental or uneven conduct.
Based on the sequence of alternation of the degree of excitation penetration - during periods of 2: 1, it would be expected that the sixth atrial impulse will be blocked somewhere in the proximal part of the AV node, however, it apparently penetrates deeper, judging by the amplitude of the corresponding local response. The intra-nodal blockage of the subsequent (seventh) atrial impulse and the occurrence of a 3: 1 conduct ratio are most likely due to this deeper hidden conduct. Thus, with advanced AV blockade of the II degree, variations in the depth of excitation penetration are apparently the rule, even if violation of the conduction always occurs in the tissue of the AV node.

Other mechanisms, such as latent circulation of excitation, contribute to the development of AV blockade [9].

When conditions similar to atrial flutter are created experimentally by increasing the frequency of atrial stimulation in an isolated rabbit heart, AV 2: 1 is usually observed at a sufficiently high frequency of stimulation. In such cases, every second atrial impulse is blocked inside the AV node, although phenomena similar to those shown in Fig. 1.12 are also sometimes observed.

With AV blockade of the III (or high) degree, ventricular activation is controlled mainly by the secondary pacemaker, and sinus or atrial impulses are rarely carried out in the ventricles. Obviously, the classification of types I and II of the AV blockade of the II degree is not applicable for this variant of the blockade.

In the example of the AV blockade of the III degree presented in fig. 1.14, A, sinus bradycardia with moderate sinus arrhythmia is observed. However, P waves and QRS complexes are independent of each other with a constant ventricular rhythm of 30 beats / min. The width of the QRS complex does not go beyond the norm (0.07 s); therefore, the automatic focus is most likely located above the bifurcation of the His bundle. This suggests the localization of the block above the secondary pacemaker, probably inside the AV node [17.30, 33].

In fig. 1.14, B small waves at the level of the contour line indicate atrial fibrillation, while ventricular complexes appear very regularly at a frequency of 40 beats / min. Thus, the presence of a secondary pacemaker is quite obvious [15-17]. In order for such a mechanism of escape (escape) of the rhythm to remain active, it is necessary to postulate a very high degree of impaired conduction with the blocking of most impulses coming from the blinking atria. The normal width of the QRS complexes in this case involves the localization of the conduction block in the atrioventricular junction, most likely in the AV node. With the introduction of high doses of cardiac glycosides and the presence of impaired conduction, digitalis intoxication as a mechanism of such disorders should be suspected first of all. On the other hand, if the ventricular cycles against the background of atrial fibrillation are not absolutely regular, as in this case, and many R – R intervals are the same, we can assume the frequent occurrence of ejection impulses as a result of degree II AV block. However, in the absence of clear criteria for assessing the percentage of identical R – R intervals (suggesting a slipping rhythm in some long piece of recording), a blockade of the second degree should be suspected. Thus, the diagnosis in such cases may be subjective rather than empirical, in contrast to cases of grade III blockade presented in Fig. 1.14, B. Nevertheless, in such situations, the clinician should not forget about the possible effects of digitalis preparations.

Fig. 1.14. Grade III AV block with narrow QRS complexes with sinus rhythm (A) and atrial fibrillation (B).
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Advanced atrioventricular block of the second degree and block of the third degree of type A1

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  2. Atrioventricular block of the second degree
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  3. Atrioventricular block of the second degree with expanded QRS complexes
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  4. Atrioventricular block of the second degree with normal QRS complexes
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  8. 2nd degree atrioventricular block - incomplete
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  9. 3rd degree atrioventricular block - complete
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