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What are ventricular and supraventricular heart arrhythmias?

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Heart arrhythmias fall into two categories. One starts from inside the heart's lower chambers. Doctors call this kind "ventricular" because the lower chambers of the heart are the ventricles. The other kind starts outside or above the ventricles. You may hear these called "supraventricular" arrhythmias.

SOURCES:

Kenneth Ong, MD, associate chief of cardiology, director of Cardiology Fellowship Program, director of Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging Laboratory, Brooklyn Hospital Center. William G McDonald, MD, FAAEM, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Kathryn L. Hale, MS, PA-C, medical writer, eMedicine.com. Alan D Forker, MD, program director of cardiovascular fellowship, professor of medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine.

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, senior pharmacy editor, eMedicine.

Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, attending doctor, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

SOURCES:

Kenneth Ong, MD, associate chief of cardiology, director of Cardiology Fellowship Program, director of Cardiac Noninvasive Imaging Laboratory, Brooklyn Hospital Center. William G McDonald, MD, FAAEM, consulting staff, Department of Emergency Medicine, Arkansas Heart Hospital.

Kathryn L. Hale, MS, PA-C, medical writer, eMedicine.com. Alan D Forker, MD, program director of cardiovascular fellowship, professor of medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine.

Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, senior pharmacy editor, eMedicine.

Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, attending doctor, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on August 24, 2017

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