Electrical Alternans

  • Electrical Alternans is an electrocardiographic manifestation in which there is alternation in the amplitude of the QRS complex, the T wave alone, OR Both QRS and T wave.
  • It often accompanies fast rates and then has no prognostic significance.
  • When found with slow rates, it connotes organic heart disease with an adverse prognosis.
  • Electrical Alternans may occasionally be associated with a pericardial effusion and is usually seen in midprecordial leads.
  • Electrical Alternans does not cause a disturbance of rhythm.

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