The use of exercise testing in children to evaluate abnormalities of pacemaker function not apparent at rest

Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 1985 Sep;8(5):656-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-8159.1985.tb05877.x.


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of exercise testing in identifying abnormalities of pacemaker function and in confirming set parameters not apparent at rest in children with implanted atrial synchronous physiologic pacemakers. Maximal exercise tests were performed on 24 children (15 boys, 9 girls) from 4.5 to 18 years of age (median = 15) with physiologic pacemakers. The lower rate limit was observed before or following testing in 19 of 24 cases. In each case this correlated with the set lower rate limit. The upper rate limit was reached in 10 of 24 cases and was found to be lower than that programmed in one case in which a long atrial refractory period had limited the upper rate limit. Six children reached the maximum upper rate limit to which their pacemaker could be programmed. No abnormalities of atrial capture or ventricular capture occurred during exercise testing. Ventricular sensing was normal in each case. Atrial sensing was observed to be normal in 15 of the 24 cases. Two patients had decreased atrial sensing with exercise. Reversion to the "noise rate" due to myopotential inhibition was found in seven other cases. Subsequent tests on two of these children showed normal sensing.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis*
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / physiopathology
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac / surgery
  • Cardiac Pacing, Artificial*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Electrocardiography
  • Exercise Test*
  • Female
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Male