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date: 27 January 2021

This chapter looks at the diagnosis and management of tachycardias, including both narrow complex tachycardias and broad complex tachycardias. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common sustained arrhythmia, affecting 1–2% of the general population (5–15% of those over 80 years). There have been a number of developments in arrhythmia care over the last few years in particular in relation to AF and there are now more specialist arrhythmia nurses and nurse-led arrhythmia services than before. AF, arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death are priority areas of NHS improvement. Recent guidelines for the management of tachycardias are discussed including pharmacological measure, cardioversion, and implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) insertion.

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