Disease Information for Ventricular ectopic beats

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Clinical Manifestations
Signs & Symptoms
Arrhythmia signs/irregular pulse
Bigeminal rhythm
Heart 'spells'
Irregular rhythm/heartbeat
Palpitations/Skipped beats
Skipped beats
Split S2 Heart sound
Trigeminal rhythm
Tobacco Habit/Excess
Demographics & Risk Factors
Established Disease Population
Patient/Mitral valve prolapse
Patient/Graves disease/thyrotoxicosis
Diagnostic Test Results
Electrodiagnosis
Electrophysiologic/cardiac conduction study abnormal
EKG (ECG)
EKG/Bizarre QRS patterns (ECG)
EKG/Prolonged QRS interval (ECG)
EKG/QRS greater than .12 ms/wide (ECG)
EKG/QS pattern V1-V3/anterior leads (ECG)
EKG/Wide S Wave in lead 1 (ECG)
EKG/Widened QRS pattern (ECG)
EKG/Changes/abnormalities (ECG)
Associated Diseases & Rule outs
Rule Outs
Heart block, complete
Associated Disease & Complications
Ventricular ectopy/VPBs
Ventricular, paroxysmal tachycardia
Disease Mechanism & Classification
Class
CLASS/Conduction system/cardiac disorder (ex)
Treatment
Drug Therapy - Indication
RX/Anti-arrhythmic drug
Definition

Premature contractions of the ventricle, the most common of all arrhythmias; In the absence of heart disease, they are not of great clinical significance, but in patients with coronary disease, they represent a constant danger of ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation and sudden death; The longer-term prognosis for asymptomatic, healthy subjects with frequent and complex ectopy is similar to that for the healthy United States population; (From Sokolow, et al, Clinical Cardiology, 5th ed, p491)

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