Cardiology MCQ 18.5.15

Q. All of the following are effective in the management of reflex syncope except

A. Life style modifications like avoiding triggers

B. Physical counterpressure maneuvers

C. Beta blockers

D. Cardiac pacing in patients with cardioinhibitory reflex syncope


According to ESC guideline 2009, beta blockers are no longer recommended and have been given class III recommendation for the treatment of reflex syncope. The first step in the management of reflex syncope is life style modifications like – avoiding triggers such as crowded places, prolonged standing etc.

-Physical counterpressure maneuvers are emerging as nonpharmacologic treatments for
syncope. These maneuvers include tensing of crossed legs, handgrip and arm tensing, abdominal binders, and support stockings.

-Class IIa recommendations include cardiac pacing for patients with dominant cardioinhibitory, carotid sinus sensitivity, and frequently recurrent reflex syncope after 40 years of age with documented cardioinhibitory responses during monitoring.

-Remember that pacemaker implantation in patients with reflex syncope and no evidence of cardioinhibitory reflexes is not indicated and can be harmful (class III).


1. Guidelines for the diagnosis and management of syncope (version 2009) The Task Force for the Diagnosis and Management of Syncope of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). European Heart Journal (2009) 30, 2631–2671

Answer: C

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Cardiology MCQ 26.4.15

All of the following statements about Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular
Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy are correct except

A. Pathogenic mutations can be identified in 50% of patients

B. The clinical presentation is between 2nd to 5th decade of life

C. Left dominant arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy most commonly involves apical septal segment of left ventricle

D.  Left-dominant disease is more commonly seen in patients with desmoplakin mutations


-Arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is an inherited cardiomyopathy. Although structural involvement of the right ventricle predominates, a left dominant form of ARVD/C has been described

-Ventricular arrhythmias, increased risk of sudden cardiac death, and abnormalities of right ventricular structure and function characterize this disease
-The pathognomonic features are right ventricular myocyte loss with fibrofatty replacement.
-Because a pathogenic mutation can be identified in approximately 50% of affected individuals

-Patients usually present during the second to fifth decades of life with palpitations, light-headedness, syncope, or sudden death. Patients younger than 12 years and those older than 60 years rarely manifest clinical signs or symptoms of ARVD/C

-Cardiac MRI can be to detect involvement of left ventricle in patients with ARVD/C, especially those with advanced disease

-Left-dominant arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy also occurs in and is defined by early disease of the LV, often affecting the posterolateral wall, in the absence of significant right ventricle (RV) systolic dysfunction. Left-dominant disease is more commonly seen in patients with desmoplakin mutations.


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5. Sen-Chowdhry S, Syrris P, Prasad SK, et al: Leftdominant arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy: An under-recognized clinical entity. J Am Coll Cardiol 52:2175–2187, 2008.
6. Dalal D, Tandri H, Judge DP, et al: Morphologic variants of familial arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy: A genetics-magnetic resonance imaging correlation study. J Am Coll Cardiol 53:1289–1299, 2009.
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Answer: C

Keywords: Cardiology review, Cardiology, Multiple choice questions, medical tudents, Electrophysiology,  Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Dysplasia/Cardiomyopathy, ARVD/C