Arrhythmia Literature Summaries
Reviewed and revised 12/6/12 Afterload = left ventricular wall tension required to overcome resistance to ejection (impedance to ejection of blood from the heart into the arterial circulation). developed as ventricular muscle fibres shorten during isovolumetric contraction & ejection phases of systole. DETERMINED BY Ventricular size Ventricular volume Chamber radius Wall thickness SVR Aortic compliance […]
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the preferred emergency reperfusion strategy in most cases of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)
Coronary artery disease accounts for > 30% of death in West and presents acutely as acute coronary syndromes. Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is a catch all term that refers to ischemic symptoms resulting from acute coronary occlusion
Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) Literature Summaries
Open Chest Management (OCM) and Delayed Sternal Closure (DSC) is used following 1-4% of surgical procedures involving cardiotomy in adults, and more commonly in paediatrics
Tunnel vision refers to peripheral constriction of the visual fields. Differential diagnosis.
A system that allows drainage of the pleural space using an airtight system to maintain subatmospheric intrapleural pressure; the underwater seal acts a one-way valve