Cardiac Arrhythmias

  • Jeff M. Hsing
  • Henry H. Hsia


After studying this chapter, you should be able to: Understand the fundamental properties of excitability and refractoriness. Know basic conduction system anatomy. Develop a basic understanding of arrhythmia mechanisms, with particular attention to reentry, which is responsible for most clinically relevant arrhythmias. Develop a systematic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of common bradycardic and tachycardic rhythms. Understand the impact, evaluation, and treatment options of arrhythmias occurring during several common clinical syndromes (long QT syndrome and acute myocardial infarction).


Atrial Fibrillation Ventricular Tachycardia Accessory Pathway Right Bundle Branch Block Bypass Tract 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeff M. Hsing
    • 1
  • Henry H. Hsia
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cardiovascular MedicineStanford University HospitalStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Department of Cardiovascular MedicineStanford University Medical CenterStanfordUSA

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