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Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

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  1. Introduction to sudden cardiac arrest and resuscitation
    4 Chapters
    1 Quiz
  2. Resuscitation physiology and mechanisms
    2 Chapters
  3. Causes of sudden cardiac arrest and death
    2 Chapters
  4. ECG atlas of ventricular tachyarrhythmias in cardiac arrest
    8 Chapters
  5. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    10 Chapters
  6. Special Circumstances
    11 Chapters

Sudden cardiac arrest is mostly heralded by ventricular tachyarrhythmias. This chapter presents the electrocardiographic (ECG) manifestations of ventricular ectopy, monomorphic ventricular tachycardia, polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, ventricular flutter, and ventricular fibrillation. Recognizing ventricular tachyarrhythmias is imperative due to their life-threatening nature. This chapter presents real cases (Greenwald et al), each accompanied by multiple, chronologically recorded, ECGs, in order to illustrate the electrocardiographic evolution of ventricular tachyarrhythmias.


Greenwald SD. Development and analysis of a ventricular fibrillation detector. M.S. thesis, MIT Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 1986.

Goldberger, A., Amaral, L., Glass, L., Hausdorff, J., Ivanov, P. C., Mark, R., … & Stanley, H. E. (2000). PhysioBank, PhysioToolkit, and PhysioNet: Components of a new research resource for complex physiologic signals. Circulation. 101 (23), pp. e215–e220.

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