Chapter 7. Cardiac Arrhythmias Originating in the Ventricles

  1. Philip Jevon RGN, BSc (Hon), PGCE Resuscitation Officer Clinical Skills Lead Honorary Clinical Lecturer

Published Online: 4 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318388.ch7

ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition

ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition

How to Cite

Jevon, P. (2009) Cardiac Arrhythmias Originating in the Ventricles, in ECGs for Nurses, Second Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318388.ch7

Author Information

  1. Manor Hospital, Walsall, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 SEP 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405181624

Online ISBN: 9781444318388



  • cardiac arrhythmias originating in ventricles;
  • altered impulse conduction pathway and ventricular depolarisation;
  • ventricular fibrillation - cardiac arrhythmia and cardiac arrest;
  • ventricular ectopics (VEs) and ventricular premature beats (VPBs);
  • ventricular ectopic terminology;
  • accelerated idioventricular rhythm;
  • ventricular tachycardia (VT) and ischaemic heart disease;
  • ventricular tachycardia - serious cardiac arrhythmia;
  • torsades de pointes and prolonged QT interval;
  • cardiac arrhythmias - wide, bizarre QRS complexes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Learning Outcomes

  • Ventricular Ectopics

  • Ventricular Escape Beats

  • Idioventricular Rhythm

  • Accelerated Idioventricular Rythm

  • Ventricular Tachycardia

  • Torsades DE Pointes

  • Chapter Summary

  • References