How is parasystole differentiated from ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Updated: Nov 26, 2016
  • Author: Jatin Dave, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Jose M Dizon, MD  more...
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Parasystole occurs when a protected focus discharges independently of the dominant pacemaker. The characteristics of parasystole include wide QRS complexes with a varying coupling interval between the ectopic (parasystolic) and the dominant (usually sinus) complex, fusion beats, and variable coupling interval.


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