Journal article

Initial management of cardiac arrhythmias

Jaycen Cruickshank

AUSTRALIAN FAMILY PHYSICIAN | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2008

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of acute arrhythmias requires recognition and interpretation of important electrocardiogram (ECG) findings, and knowledge of Australian resuscitation guidelines. OBJECTIVE: This article aims to provide a guide for general practitioners in managing patients who present with acute arrhythmias in the rural or regional setting. DISCUSSION: Rural GPs need to be familiar with acute management of bradycardias, supraventricular tachycardia, atrial fibrillation and ventricular tachyarrhythmias, despite the fact that they may deal with these problems infrequently. A good local or regional network will help determine which patients can be treated locally, versus the need to refer ..

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