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Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8269305     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Important data have recently been added to our understanding of sustained ventricular tachyarrhythmias occurring in the absence of demonstrable heart disease. Idiopathic ventricular tachycardia (VT) is usually of monomorphic configuration and can be classified according to its site of origin as either right monomorphic (70% of all idiopathic VTs) or left monomorphic VT. Several physiopathological types of monomorphic VT can be presently individualized, according to their mode of presentation, their relationship to adrenergic stress, or their response to various drugs. The long-term prognosis is usually good. Idiopathic polymorphic VT is a much rarer type of arrhythmia with a less favorable prognosis. Idiopathic ventricular fibrillation may represent an underestimated cause of sudden cardiac death in ostensibly healty patients. A high incidence of inducibility of sustained polymorphic VT with programmed ventricular stimulation has been found by our group, but not by others. Long-term prognosis on Class IA antiarrhythmic medications that are highly effective at electrophysiologic study appears excellent.
B Belhassen; S Viskin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology     Volume:  4     ISSN:  1045-3873     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Cardiovasc. Electrophysiol.     Publication Date:  1993 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-01-31     Completed Date:  1994-01-31     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9010756     Medline TA:  J Cardiovasc Electrophysiol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  356-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Cardiology, Tel Aviv-Elias Sourasky Medical Center, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Tachycardia, Ventricular / etiology*,  physiopathology*
Ventricular Fibrillation / physiopathology*

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