Journal article

The prognostic value of the HV interval in patients with acute myocardial infarction and bundle branch block.

BP Bailey, D Hunt, JK Vohra, JG Sloman

Aust N Z J Med | Published : 1978

Abstract

HV intervals were measured in 42 of 119 patients in the acute phase of myocardial infarction associated with bundle branch block (BBB). The mean HV intervals of patients with right, left and incomplete bilateral BBB were similar. The hospital and subsequent mortality of patients with prolonged HV intervals did not differ significantly from that of patients with normal HV intervals. The HV interval appeared to remain stable over the following months in most patients in whom it was remeasured. We conclude that the HV interval cannot be used to select patients who might benefit from prophylactic long term pacing.