Journal Article

Triboelectric simulation of pacemaker malfunction

S. Kahan, C. W. Miller, D. L. Hayes and S. S. Barold

in EP Europace

Published on behalf of European Heart Rhythm Association of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Volume 4, issue 3, pages 325-327
Published in print July 2002 | ISSN: 1099-5129
Published online July 2002 | e-ISSN: 1532-2092 | DOI:
Triboelectric simulation of pacemaker malfunction

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We report the occurrence of a triboelectric phenomenon (static electricity) that mimicked malfunction of a contemporary pacemaker by creating an electrocardiograpic artifact virtually identical to the pacemaker stimuli. The diagnosis was established by observing a subtle overshoot of the questionable deflection that was absent from pacemaker stimuli.

Keywords: Pacemaker; triboelectric interference; pacemaker failure

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Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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