Cardiac Emergencies

Joseph G. Murphy, Barry A. Boilson and Margaret A. Lloyd

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

Cardiac Emergencies

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This chapter outlines the general principles of managing cardiac emergencies in adults. It is deliberately not an exhaustive review. Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in developed nations and is frequently associated with ventricular fibrillation. Resuscitation for cardiac arrest is most successful if defibrillation is performed within the first 5 minutes after collapse. This chapter also reviews management of patients presenting with polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, atrial flutter or fibrillation with rapid ventricular response, paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, reciprocating tachycardia, multifocal atrial tachycardia, pacemaker-mediated tachycardia, acute coronary syndromes, pulmonary edema, and hypertensive, structural, metabolic, and toxic emergencies.

Chapter.  4342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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