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Cardiac arrhythmia therapy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7605538     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cardiac dysfunction is often manifested as arrhythmia, with disruption of the normal periodicity and regularity of electromechanical activity. The therapy for arrhythmia begins with proper diagnosis, since many pharmacological interventions are themselves arrhythmogenic. Intervention for acute arrhythmia involves correction of underlying systemic conditions by ensuring adequate oxygenation, ventilation, acid-base homeostasis, electrolyte balance, and fluid status. Classification of antiarrhythmic agents assists in a structured treatment approach that utilizes different agents based on the etiology of the arrhythmia and the drug's mechanism of action. A deliberate treatment strategy guided by the morphological criteria of the arrhythmia modified by the rate and duration of complexes, noting symptoms and hemodynamic stability, is desirable.
R B Vukmir
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0735-6757     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Emerg Med     Publication Date:  1995 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-08-17     Completed Date:  1995-08-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309942     Medline TA:  Am J Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  459-70     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anesthesiology/Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / classification,  pharmacology,  therapeutic use*
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / drug therapy*
Atrial Fibrillation / drug therapy
Bradycardia / drug therapy
Heart Block / drug therapy
Tachycardia, Supraventricular / drug therapy
Tachycardia, Ventricular / drug therapy
Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome / drug therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Arrhythmia Agents

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