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Feeling the squeeze: an unusual cause of atrial fibrillation
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    other consequences of compression of the left atrium

    When the stomach compresses the left atrium this can cause paroxysmal atrial fibrillation(1), and it can also cause syncope, the latter associated with deep S waves in Lead I, deep Q waves in lead III, and ST segement depression in leads V2 to V6(2). In the reported patient with syncope attributable to left atrial compression(the latter diagnosed by computed tomography) symptoms were associated with a fall in blood press...

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