Hot Topics — Ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death in adults with congenital heart disease

Hot Topics — Ventricular arrhythmias and sudden death in adults with congenital heart disease

Christopher J. McLeod, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., cardiac electrophysiologist at Mayo Clinic, reviews the importance of detecting ventricular arrhythmias in adult patients with repaired congenital heart disease. This arrhythmia can often lead to sudden cardiac death, with these patients often very young at time of death.

He recommends screening strategies to detect ventricular arrhythmias and standard routine follow-up as a best care practice. Careful hemodynamic assessment is recommended in the case of ventricular tachycardia. Dr. McLeod discusses treatment options including defibrillator devices and cardiac ablation.

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