Sunday, 13 November 2016

Wandering Atrial Pacemaker (WAP)


A wandering atrial pacemaker, (WAP), is an atrial arrhythmia that occurs when the natural cardiac pacemaker site shifts between the sinoatrial node (SA node), the atria, and/or the atrioventricular node (AV node). This shifting of the pacemaker from the SA node to adjacent tissues is identifiable on ECG Lead II by morphological changes in the P-wave; sinus beats have smooth upright P waves, while atrial beats have flattened, notched, or diphasic P-waves. It is often seen in the very young, very old, in athletes and rarely causes symptoms or requires treatment.