Sinus Pause

ECG Features

Figure 1: ECG Strip[1]

Sinus Pause is an arrhythmia in which "the SA node fails to generate an electrical impulse for what is generally a brief period of time."[2]

Table 1: ECG Characteristics

Clinical Significance[2]

  • Sinus pause may be experienced in a healthy heart, but is more common in individuals with heart disease. Patients that experienc sinus pause "may complain of missed or skipped beats, flutters, palpitations, hard beats or may feel faint."
  • Sinus pause can either be drug induced, or a result of cardiac disease, and it can be treated with administration of medications or the use of a pacemaker.


  1. "Rhythm Strip: Sinus Pause Followed by a Nodal Escape Beat."OPENPediatrics. N.p., 13 Sept. 2016. Web. 13 Apr. 2017. <>.
  2. "Sinus Pauses / Asystole Heart Rhythms EquiMed Corporation." EquiMed Corporation. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2017. <>.