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First-Degree Heart Block
Also called first-degree AV block is a disease of the electrical conduction system of the heart in which the PR interval is lengthened beyond 0.20 seconds.
This lengthening of the PR interval is caused by a delay in the electrical impulse from the atria to the ventricles through the AV node
Normally and in the case of ACLS, first-degree heart block is of no consequence unless it involves myocardial infarction or an electrolyte imbalance.
Although first-degree heart block is not clinically significant for ACLS, recognition of the major AV blocks is important because treatment decisions are based on the type of block present.
Below is a short video which will help you quickly identify first-degree AV block on a monitor. Please allow several seconds for the video to load. (3.40 mb)
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