Chapter 21. Ventricular and Supraventricular Arrhythmias

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Eddy S. Lang MDCM, CCFP(EM), CSPQ Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Attending Physician1,2 and
  2. Eli Segal Staff Physician1,2

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch21

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Lang, E. S. and Segal, E. (2008) Ventricular and Supraventricular Arrhythmias, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch21

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Family Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Emergency Medicine, SMBD Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias;
  • Wide complex tachycardia (WCT);
  • supraventricular tachycardia with aberrancy (SVTwA);
  • test characteristics of diagnostic criteria for diagnosis of wide complex tachycardia;
  • ARREST and ALIVE trials;
  • MEDLINE: ventricular tachycardia OR lidocaine OR sotalol OR procainamide OR amiodarone OR cardioversion;
  • magnesium effective in terminating polymorphic VT associated with long QT interval


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Case scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgments

  • References