GEORGE R. HERRMANN, M.D.; MILTON R. HEJTMANCIK, M.D.
A heart that is damaged may be caused to fail by a suddenly developing rapid rate. Paroxysmal ventricular tachycardia is a relatively rare but as a rule a serious increase in heart rate originating in a temporary abnormal pacemaker in ischemic and damaged ventricular tissues. Most hearts in which abnormally augmented heart action develops in the ventricular muscle are those that have been previously damaged by circumscribed infarction, diffuse fibrosis, or digitalis poisoning. It is important to recognize and interrupt the rapid heart action promptly because the added strain will cause acute cardiac failure if it is allowed to continue.
HERRMANN GR, HEJTMANCIK MR. A CLINICAL AND ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHIC STUDY OF PAROXYSMAL VENTRICULAR TACHYCARDIA AND ITS MANAGEMENT1. Ann Intern Med. ;28:989–997. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-28-5-989
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1948;28(5):989-997.
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