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What causes it • Acute respiratory failure • Heart failure • Drugs that prolong the SA node’s absolute refractory period, such as digoxin, quinidine, and procainamide • Excessive use of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol • Ischemic heart disease • Stress, fatigue, and overeating What to look for • Possibly no symptoms • Irregular pulse • Palpitations How it’s treated • Typically, no treatment is necessary. • Eliminate known causes, such as caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.
12 second, the conduction delay may be in the His-Purkinje fibers. • T wave: Normal size and configuration unless the QRS complex is prolonged. • QT interval: Usually within normal limits. What causes it • Toxicity from drugs, such as digoxin, propranolol, verapamil, or procainamide • Chronic degenerative disease of the conduction system and inferior-wall MI • Hypokalemia and hyperkalemia • Hypothermia • Hypothyroidism What to look for • Usually no symptoms (however, the patient’s peripheral pulse rate will be normal or slow with a regular rhythm) • Signs and symptoms of decreased cardiac output, such as hypotension, syncope, and blurred vision, if the patient has a slow rate How it’s treated • Correct the underlying cause.
Indd 47 10/7/2011 4:18:05 PM 48 RECOGNIZING CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIAS the AV node. It can be temporary and is the least dangerous of the AV blocks; however, it can progress to a more severe block. What the ECG tells you • Rhythm: Atrial and ventricular rhythms are regular. • Rate: Atrial and ventricular rates are the same and within normal limits. • P wave: Normal size and configuration. 20 second) but constant. ) • QRS complex: Duration usually remains within normal limits if the conduction delay occurs in the AV node.