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Cardiac Arrhythmias

  • Michael S. Klinkman

Abstract

Cardiac arrhythmias are frequently seen in routine primary care practice, and “palpitations” or patient concerns about “skipped heartbeats” are among the most common presenting complaints in primary care. Surprisingly, many symptomatic patients do not have significant cardiac arrhythmias, whereas a substantial proportion of clinically significant arrhythmias are detected in asymptomatic patients. As more information has become available regarding the natural history of many arrhythmias in the primary care setting, we are moving from an era of overtreatment via aggressive pharmacologic management to an era of selective treatment with increased use of nonpharmacologic interventions such as surgical or catheter ablation.

Keywords

Atrial Fibrillation Cardiac Arrhythmia Atrial Flutter Sick Sinus Syndrome Advance Cardiac Life Support 
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