This review discusses the treatment of ventricular arrhythmias and bradyarrhythmias. Recent studies addressing the management of nonsustained ventricular arrhythmias in patients with congestive heart failure and those recovering from myocardial infarction are discussed. Determination of the origin of wide QRS complex tachycardia is usually possible at the bedside and the diagnostic criteria are provided. Therapy to prevent recurrent ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation is difficult and controversial. A widely accepted approach based on electrophysiologic testing and implantable defibrillators appears to be the most effective. Recognition and management of common bradyarrhythmias including the indications for pacemakers are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine