New method of predicting cardiac arrhythmias developed

June 2008
Cardiology Today;Jun2008, Vol. 11 Issue 6, p44
The article features a new method in predicting cardiac arrhythmias. According to electrophysiologist Charles Swerdlow, M.D. of the Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, they found that high-amplitude T-wave alternans occurred frequently just before the onset of spontaneous ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation. With such information, it is hoped that it may permit the implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) to warn patients who are about to experience arrhythmia and to deliver electrical pulses to prevent its onset.


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