Sinus node arrest and sino--atrial block

Eur Heart J. 1984 Mar:5 Suppl A:83-7. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/5.suppl_a.83.


Current epidemiological data suggest that sinus node dysfunction is a relatively uncommon condition in the pilot age group. Symptomatic pauses of any mechanism suggest disqualification from flying duties. Asymptomatic pauses (representing sino-atrial block or sinus node arrest) demand further investigation and regular follow-up. Idiopathic pauses greater than 2.5 s on an ambulatory ECG is abnormal and is likely to deny flying status.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aerospace Medicine*
  • Ambulatory Care
  • Chronic Disease
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Electrocardiography
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Heart Block / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Sick Sinus Syndrome / diagnosis*
  • Sinoatrial Block / diagnosis*
  • Sinoatrial Node / physiopathology