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Arrhythmias in Heart Failure

Arrhythmias in Heart Failure

William G. Stevenson M.D., Laurence Epstein, William Maisel, Michael Sweeney, Lynne Stevenson

ISBN: 978-0-879-93707-2 May 2002 Wiley-Blackwell 110 Pages


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The prevalence of heart failure is increasing, in part due to the aging population and longer survival of patients with heart disease.

As heart failure management has progressed, so has the understanding of the role of arrhythmias in heart failure, and of the impact of therapies to treat them. For many clinical scenarios, a rational arrhythmia management strategy has emerged. Equally important to these strategies is the growing recognition of certain treatments that, although seemingly effective at one point in time, are now recognized as having greater potential for harm.

This monograph provides the clinician with current fundamentals of arrhythmias in heart failure as they relate to a variety of clinical scenarios. Although a simple strategy for decision making cannot always be derived, clinicians will find the information useful for assessing and managing arrhythmias and arrhythmia risk in their patients with heart failure.



1. Arrhythmias and Heart Failure: Relation to Heart Failure Syndromes and Sudden Death.

2. Use of Antiarrhythmic Drugs in Heart Failure.

3. Implantable Defibrillators in Heart Failure.

4. The Cardiac Arrest Survivor.

5. Sustained Ventricular Tachycardia.

6. Primary Prevention of Arrhythmic Sudden Death: Nonsustained Ventricular Tachycardia and Other Potential Markers of Risk.

7. Syncope.

8. Bradyarrhythmias and Pacing.

9. Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter.