Congenital Heart Disease Arrhythmias March to Their Own Beat
In the following video, Alexander Egbe, M.B.B.S., M.P.H, Christopher McLeod, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., and Bryan Cannon, M.D., have a broad discussion on arrhythmias and their treatment. They begin by first exploring the management of atrial arrhythmias across all congenital heart disease patient populations. They discuss how the arrhythmias are diagnosed and signs physicians should be looking for during tests. They then discuss how treatment with medication doesn't work for everyone and at times cardiac ablations are the necessary form of treatment. They finish by discussing when preemptive strategies are possible.
Second, they discuss the management of ventricular arrhythmias. They cover similar topics as they did with atrial arrhythmias, focusing on diagnosis and treatment, including when to consider the use of a surgically placed defibrillator. They end by describing the difficulty of using ICD's, when to use them, and the importance of an experienced team in treatment of these conditions.