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Not long ago only a few cardiologists had the knowledge and ability to differentiate complex arrhythmias, usually at leisure in the ECG reading room. Most cardiologists could identify simpler disorders; few others could do more than identify premature beats and heart block. Now, the demand and need for prompt identification of complex arrhythmias is shared by the many physicians and nurses responsible for the care of patients in intensive care units, especially units directed to myocardial infarction or thoracic surgery. Many rhythmic disorders formerly thought to be rarities are being discharged wholesale on monitor tapes. The responsible mechanisms have been
Principles of Cardiac Arrhythmias.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;76:526. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-3-526_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(3):526.
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