3. Escape Beats

  1. David H. Bennett MD FRCP

Published Online: 1 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118432389.ch3

Bennett's Cardiac Arrhythmias: Practical Notes on Interpretation and Treatment, Eighth Edition

Bennett's Cardiac Arrhythmias: Practical Notes on Interpretation and Treatment, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Bennett, D. H. (2013) Escape Beats, in Bennett's Cardiac Arrhythmias: Practical Notes on Interpretation and Treatment, Eighth Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118432389.ch3

Author Information

  1. Senior Consultant Cardiologist, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 14 JAN 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470674932

Online ISBN: 9781118432389

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Keywords:

  • Coupling interval;
  • Ectopic beats;
  • Escape beats;
  • Timing;
  • Ventricular escape beats

Summary

Escape beats may arise from the AV junction or ventricles when there is sinus bradycardia or sinus arrest. In contrast to ectopic beats, the coupling interval of escape beats is greater than the cycle length of the main rhythm. The configuration of junctional escape beats is the same as that of normally conducted beats, whereas ventricular escape beats are of similar appearance to ventricular ectopic complexes. Escape beats themselves require no treatment. If treatment is necessary, it is to accelerate the basic rhythm.