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Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias not Associated with Acute Myocardial Infarction

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Modern coronary care units, particularly those in large university medical centers, usually serve as cardiac intensive care units. Of course, patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) are admitted to such units, but so are patients with a variety of cardiac arrhythmias that are not the result of acute MI. Clinicians caring for patients in cardiac intensive care units must be prepared to deal with disorders of sinus node function, supraventricular arrhythmias (including those associated with preexcitation syndromes), and recurrent ventricular arrhythmias. Often the patient has been resuscitated from one or more bouts of sudden cardiac death; to prevent recurrences, a therapeutic program of anti-arrhythmic drugs at times combined with sophisticated pacemaker and cardiac surgical techniques may be needed.

Keywords

Atrial Fibrillation Ventricular Tachycardia Atrial Flutter Supraventricular Tachycardia Antiarrhythmic Agent 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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