ECG changes during the experimental human dive HYDRA 10 (71 atm/7,200 kPa)

B. Comet, P. Barthelemy, V. Lafay, Y. Frances, Y. Jammes

Read more:

PMID: 7742710


Electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis was performed in three human divers during a 71 atm (7,200 kPa) saturation dive (COMEX HYDRA 10 experiment). The inhaled gas mixture was slightly hyperoxic; its composition was basically helium and oxygen. Hydrogen was introduced during compression and its partial pressure reached 20 atm. ECG changes were the same in the three divers. Marked bradycardia rapidly appeared at the beginning of compression, then this response adapted throughout the dive. P-R, QRS, and Q-T intervals and the S-T segment did not change significantly. The QRS axis remained stable. However, a rightward shift occurred in P and T vector angles. These changes were correlated with time and gas density, respectively. The modifications of ventricular repolarization during compression are similar to those we observed during the HYDRA 9 COMEX dive. They may correspond to changes in duration of myocardial cell repolarization due to increased intrathoracic pressure changes with dense-gas breathing. A marked global diminution of voltage occurred during the decompression period. This suggests that accumulation of micro bubbles in tissues may influence the impedance, causing an artifact in the amplitude of ECG complexes.

Publish Year 1995
Country France
Rank Neutral
Journal Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
Primary Topic Whole Body
Secondary TopicDiving
Model Human
Tertiary TopicHigh-Pressure Nervous Syndrome
Vehicle Gas
pH N/A
Application Inhalation
Complement Helium; Oxygen