4 Drugs for Ventricular Arrhythmias

Ventricular arrhythmias originate from the ventricles, often detected by the lack of a discernible P wave. Three main types of ventricle arrhythmias include:
1. Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC) – A wide and bizarre, premature QRS complex, followed by compensatory pause.
2. Ventricular Tachycardia – Presence of 3 or more PVCs, rate of 150-200 bpm, possible abrupt onset. Possibly due to an ischemic ventricle or electrolyte imbalance.
3. Ventricular Fibrillation – Completely abnormal ventricular rhythm with no discernible QRS complex; ventricles are literally quivering. Requires emergency intervention.

Drugs for ventricular arrhythmias

Ventricular Arrhythmias Treatment
Treatment is as follows:
CHECK FOR PULSE; if no pulse, activate code and begin CPR
PVCs: occasional PVCs are common, especially with caffeine or stress. However, check electrolytes if frequent (> 6/minute), as this increases risk of V-tach/V-fib.
V-Tach: Use LAMB to remember treatment:
Procainamide
Amiodarone
 Lidocaine
Sotalol

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