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Kent (pronounced /kɛnt/) is a term used in the medical field, particularly in cardiology. It is named after the British physician, Albert Frank Stanley Kent, who first described the accessory pathway involved in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.


The term "Kent" in the medical context is derived from the name of the British physician, Albert Frank Stanley Kent. He was one of the first to describe the accessory pathway involved in Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a disorder of the heart's electrical system.


In cardiology, a Kent bundle or Kent fibers refers to an accessory pathway in the heart that allows electrical signals to bypass the atrioventricular node and move from the atria to the ventricles. This can lead to a type of supraventricular tachycardia known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

Related Terms

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome: A condition characterized by abnormal electrical pathways in the heart that cause a disruption of the heart's normal rhythm (arrhythmia).
  • Atrioventricular node: A part of the electrical conduction system of the heart that coordinates the top of the heart. It slows down the electrical signal before it enters the ventricles.
  • Supraventricular tachycardia: A rapid heart rhythm originating at or above the atrioventricular node.

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