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Cardiac arrhythmias 

Cardiac arrhythmias

Chapter:
Cardiac arrhythmias
Author(s):

S.M. Ginks

, Gregory Y.H. Lip

, D. Lane

, S.M. Cobbe

, A.D. McGavigan

, and A.C. Rankin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1604_update_001

Update:

This chapter has been extensively revised.

Updated on 29 Oct 2015. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 27 June 2017

The term cardiac arrhythmia (or dysrhythmia) is used to describe any abnormality of cardiac rhythm. The spectrum of cardiac arrhythmias ranges from innocent extrasystoles to immediately life-threatening conditions such as asystole or ventricular fibrillation.

The key to the successful diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias is the systematic analysis of an ECG (see ...

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