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Answer for February 19, 2013

This is an example of frequent atrial premature beats occurring in a "bigeminy" pattern (atrial bigeminy). The second beat of every couplet is narrow, and subtle P waves are seen preceding each in lead II. This rhythm would be clinically appreciable as a regularly irregular rhythm. Consider causes like excess caffeine and theophylline, but this may well be due to intrinsic atrial disease too.

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February 19 EKG