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Cardiac Arrhythmias During Acute Myocardial Infarction

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Abstract

In the patient with acute myocardial infarction (MI), the clinician may encounter a variety of abnormal cardiac rhythms and conduction disturbances. The incidence of specific arrhythmias varies, depending on the time from onset of infarction (table 4-1). In order to catalog these rhythm disturbances, several classification schemes have been proposed. According to a modified version of the scheme developed by Lown in 1969, arrhythmias in patients with acute MI may be divided into three broad categories [1]:
  1. 1.

    Arrhythmias due to electrical instability.

     
  2. 2.

    Arrhythmias due to pump failure/excessive sympathetic stimulation.

     
  3. 3.

    Bradyarrhythmias and conduction disturbances.

     

Keywords

Acute Myocardial Infarction Ventricular Tachycardia Ventricular Fibrillation Atrial Flutter Antiarrhythmic Agent 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishing, Boston. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiovascular DivisionBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.CardiologistGreen Lane HospitalAucklandNew Zealand

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