Arrhythmias in Congenital Heart Disease

Christopher J. Mcleod and Peter A. Brady

in Mayo Clinic Cardiology

Fourth edition

Published on behalf of © Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199915712
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199322824 | DOI:

Series: Mayo Clinic Scientific Press

Arrhythmias in Congenital Heart Disease

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The number of persons with congenital heart disease who survive into adulthood has increased dramatically in the past few decades. In this population, arrhythmias are a major cause of late morbidity and mortality and may herald worsening underlying hemodynamic changes and associated poorer outcomes. In addition, the risk of sudden cardiac death is high, especially in certain repaired malformations. Device (pacing and defibrillator) therapy is often complicated and may require thoracotomy for epicardial lead placement. Common types of congenital heart disease, including atrial septal defects, ventricular septal defects, tetralogy of Fallot, and Ebstein anomaly, are reviewed.

Chapter.  3859 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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