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How to detect and treat arrhythmias in chronic lung disease.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1086266     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Investigators suspect that arrhythmias are behind the high incidence of sudden death in patients with severe chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Continuous electrocardiographic monitoring may help boost survival statistics, since it has repeatedly shown its ability to detect irregularities that standard ECGs miss. So-called benign arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation, frequent ventricular premature contractions, and atrial flutter, are anything but harmless. In patients whose heart and lung function is already impaired by severe airway obstruction, these rhythm disorders can rapidly progress to a fatal cardiac arrest. Deciding how to treat the arrhythmia depends on the type of disturbance and the patient's clinical status. Direct-current shock or antiarrhythmic drugs can turn the tide in a desperately ill patient with acute respiratory failure. Correction of coexisting metabolic and ventilatory disorders often is crucial to successful therapy.
R E Kleiger; S S Lefrak; D Biggs; R M Senior
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Geriatrics     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0016-867X     ISO Abbreviation:  Geriatrics     Publication Date:  1976 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-01-03     Completed Date:  1977-01-03     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985102R     Medline TA:  Geriatrics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  69-75     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Arrhythmia Agents / therapeutic use
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis,  etiology,  therapy*
Bronchitis / complications*
Chronic Disease
Electric Stimulation Therapy
Middle Aged
Monitoring, Physiologic
Pulmonary Emphysema / complications*
Pulmonary Heart Disease / complications
Respiration, Artificial
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Arrhythmia Agents

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