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Ventricular arrhythmias in heart failure 

Ventricular arrhythmias in heart failure
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Ventricular arrhythmias in heart failure
Author(s):

John D. Ferguson

and John P. DiMarco

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198734871.003.0010
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date: 21 November 2019

Ventricular arrhythmias and pump failure are the two most common causes of death in patients with heart failure. Although antiarrhythmic drug therapy has remained static for many years, device therapy and catheter ablation strategies have evolved rapidly and are now the primary modalities of antiarrhythmic therapy for many patients. This chapter begins with a detailed discussion of the diagnosis of ventricular arrhythmia covering symptoms, electrograms, imaging, and invasive electrophysiology study. This is followed by discussion of the management of sustained and nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, drug therapy, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and their complications, ablation, and transplantation as treatment of refractory ventricular tachycardia.

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