Tachycardia: Risk Factors, Causes and Treatment Options


Series: Cardiology Research and Clinical Developments
BISAC: MED010000

This is an edited collection covering a wide range of topics in the field of tachyarrhythmias. Among them is the general approach to the patient with supraventricular tachycardia. The management of patients with atrial fibrillation has also been extensively covered. The important topic of differential diagnosis of wide QRS tachycardia has been touched upon as well with a comprehensive and well-illustrated review. Special emphasis has been put on the assessment of the risk for sudden cardiac death in patients with ischaemic and non-ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy. The chapters covering these topics provide a useful update to the novel risk factors that might help to better assess the sudden cardiac death risk.

A substantial part of the book is devoted to catheter ablation of arrhythmias as a non-pharmacological treatment option. The approach to catheter ablation of narrow QRS tachycardias and typical atrial flutter has been reviewed in detail. Another detailed review summarizes the methods for catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation starting from the very introduction of this technique and ending with the current state-of-the-art technology used to successfully ablate atrial fibrillation. The approach to catheter ablation of ventricular tachyarrhythmias in structurally normal hearts and in the presence of structural heart disease has been described in a series of two chapters.

Last but not least, the book reviews the role of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) in the prevention of sudden cardiac death. It focuses on the current indications for implantation and also describes some basic principles in device programming. With the wide area of topics that are covered by the different chapters, this book is interesting to fellows, clinical cardiologists and electrophysiologists and all physicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias.

(Imprint: Nova Biomedical)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

Chapter 1 – Differential Diagnosis of Broad QRS Complex Tachycardia (pp. 1-26)
Becker S. N. Alzand (Glorieux Hospital, Ronse, OLV Hospital, Aalst, Belgium)

Chapter 2 – Approach to Patients with Atrial Fibrillation (pp. 27-84)
Mohammad Shenasa, Hossein Shenasa, Mona Soleimanieh, Hamid Assadi and Fatemah Shenasa (Heart & Rhythm Medical Group, and Attending Physician, Department of Cardiovascular Services, O’Connor Hospital, San Jose, California, USA)

Chapter 3 – Supraventricular Tachycardias: Evaluation and Therapeutic Approach (pp. 85-100)
Vassilis M. Skeberis and Vassilis P. Vassilikos (Third Cardiology Clinic, Medical School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

Chapter 4 – Sudden Cardiac Death in Ischemic Heart Disease: Pathophysiology and Risk Stratification (pp. 101-112)
Nabil El-Sherif, Sajin Pilai and Gioia Turitto (Downstate Medical Center and New York harbor VA Healthcare System, Brooklyn, NY, USA)

Chapter 5 – Sudden Cardiac Death in Non-Ischemic Dilated Cardiomyopathy: Risk Stratification (pp. 113-130)
Begum Yetis Sayin and Ali Oto (Department of Cardiology, Memorial Hospital, Ankara, Turkey)

Chapter 6 – Mixing Dynamics of Heart Rate Variability (pp. 131-142)
Fariba Ariaei, Edmond Jonckheere and Ronald Berger (Dept. of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Univ., School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA and others)

Chapter 7 – Catheter Ablation of Atrioventricular Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia (pp. 143-164)
Vassil B. Traykov (Department of Invasive Electrophysiology and Pacing, Clinic of Cardiology, Tokuda Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Chapter 8 – Catheter Ablation of Accessory Pathways (pp. 165-190)
Vassil B. Traykov (Department of Invasive Electrophysiology and Pacing, Clinic of Cardiology, Tokuda Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Chapter 9 – Catheter Ablation of Focal Atrial Tachycardias (pp. 191-204)
Vassil B. Traykov (Department of Invasive Electrophysiology and Pacing, Clinic of Cardiology, Tokuda Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Chapter 10 – Catheter Ablation of Cavotricuspid Isthmus Dependent Atrial Flutters (pp. 205-224)
Vassil B. Traykov (Department of Invasive Electrophysiology and Pacing, Clinic of Cardiology, Tokuda Hospital, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Chapter 11 – Catheter Ablation of AF: Where We Were and Where We Are Now (pp. 225-242)
Alexander Berkowitsch, Maciej Wójcik, Harald Greiss, Dmitri Pajitnev, Ersan Akkaya, Heinz-Friedrich Pitschner, Thomas Neumann and Malte Kuniss (Kerckhoff Heart and Thorax Center, Bad Nauheim, Germany and others)

Chapter 12 – Ventricular Tachyarrhythmia in Structurally Normal Hearts: Causes, Mechanisms, Manifestations and Treatment Options (pp. 243-264)
Rajeev K. Pathak, Kurt Roberts-Thomson and Andrew D. McGavigan (Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorder, Royal Adelaide Hospital and University of Adelaide and others)

Chapter 13 – Ventricular Tachycardia in Structural Heart Disease: Mechanisms and Non-Pharmacologic Treatment Options (pp. 265-278)
Pasquale Vergara and Paolo della Bella (Arrhythmia Unit and Electrophysiology Laboratories, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milano, Italy)

Chapter 14 – Implantable Devices as Treatment Strategy of Ventricular Tachyarrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death (pp. 279-308)
Lidija Poposka (Arrhythmia Department, University Clinic of Cardiology, Skopje, Macedonia)


Additional Information

The book will be of interest to a wide range of readers – students, fellows in training, general practitioners, cardiologists and invasive electro-physiologists.

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