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The Process of Selecting the Proper Antiarrhythmic Treatment for Patients at High Risk of Sudden Death Following Myocardial Infarction

  • Seth J. Worley
Part of the Acute Coronary Care Updates book series (ACCU, volume 1)

Abstract

Post infarction sudden death, defined as death less than one hour from the onset of symptoms, is usually due either to primary ventricular fibrillation or fibrillation following unstable ventricular tachycardia. The majority of these sudden deaths occur within one year of the presenting infarction (1,2). Analysis of clinical variables and selected test data gathered at the time of admission for myocardial infarction easily identifies patients at high risk of sudden death (3–13). Recognizing this, the clinician is faced with selecting an antiarrhythmic agent for the post infarction patient prior to hospital discharge. The purpose of this chapter is to outline the process of selecting the proper antiarrhythmic agent for patients at high risk of sudden death following myocardial infarction.

Keywords

Sudden Death Ventricular Tachycardia Ventricular Arrhythmia Ventricular Fibrillation Beta Blocker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seth J. Worley
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  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Division of CardiologyDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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