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Sinus Arrest | Reference Guide

EKG Features

Rate: Normal to slow
Rhythm: Irregular due to pause
P Wave: Normal
PR Interval: Normal (0.12-0.20 sec)
QRS: Normal (0.06-0.10 sec)
Sudden absence of electrical activity initiated by the SA node. This results in a pause in the electrical activity seen on the tracing. The rhythm typically will demonstrate constant R to R intervals prior to and following the pause.
Sinus arrest is a pause in the generation of electrical impulses by the SA node. The sinus arrest pause is usually followed by a new sinus node beat or by an AV node escape beat. If no pacemaker begins activity, then the condition becomes cardiac arrest. If an ectopic site (e.g. AV junction or ventricles) takes over, the beat will likely be slower. Refer to sinoatrial block for information on a similar EKG.
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Authors, Reviewers and Developers EKG rhythms classes: Thomas O'Brien.
EKG monitor simulation: Steve Collmann
12 Lead Lecture: Dr. Michael Mazzini, MD, Cardiologist.
Spanish EKG: Breena R. Taira, MD, MPH
Medical review: Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD, Cardiologist,
Dr. Barbara Erickson, PhD, RN, CCRN.
EKG tracings medical review: Dr. Pedro Azevedo, MD, Cardiology
Last Update: 11/7/2022



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Authors, Reviewers and Developers EKG rhythms classes: Thomas O'Brien.
EKG monitor simulation: Steve Collmann
12 Lead Lecture: Dr. Michael Mazzini, MD, Cardiologist.
Spanish EKG: Breena R. Taira, MD, MPH
Medical review: Dr. Jonathan Keroes, MD, Cardiologist,
Dr. Barbara Erickson, PhD, RN, CCRN.
EKG tracings review: Dr. Pedro Azevedo, MD, Cardiology
Last Update: 11/10/2022
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