Runaway Pacemaker and Lethal Arrhythmia


A potential complication of a failing pacemaker, is a condition known as ‘Runaway Pacemaker’. Below are two cases from the literature, that demonstrate a runaway pacemaker causing a potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmia. Whenever we look at an ECG, we always look for the pacing spikes. These may not be visible, especially if the patient’s rate is…

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