Ventricular Premature Complexes Questions & Answers

Updated: Nov 26, 2016
  • Author: Jatin Dave, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Jose M Dizon, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the pathophysiology of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What causes ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the prevalence of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) in the US?

What is the global prevalence of ventricular premature complexes (VCPs)?

What are the sexual predilections of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Which age groups have the highest prevalence of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the prognosis of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Which physical findings are characteristic of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

DDX

How are ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) diagnosed?

How are atrial premature complexes differentiated from ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

How is a fusion beat differentiated from ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

How are premature junctional contractions differentiated from ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

How are idioventricular escape rhythms differentiated from ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

How is ventricular tachycardia differentiated from ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

How is parasystole differentiated from ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the significance of a variable coupling finding in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is interpolated ventricular premature complex (VPC)?

Which factors increase the risk of torsades de pointes in ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Workup

What is the role of lab tests in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of stress testing in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of cardiac catheterization in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of ECG in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What are the diagnostic criteria for ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Which electrocardiographic modalities are used in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of Holter monitoring in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of EPS in the workup of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

How are ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) classified?

Treatment

How are ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) treated?

How are ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) treated following myocardial infarction (MI)?

What is included in supportive care of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of ablation therapy in the treatment of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

Medications

How are acute ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) treated?

What is the role of medications in the treatment of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs)?

What is the role of medications in the treatment of ventricular premature complexes (VPCs) following myocardial infarction?

Which medications in the drug class Antiarrhythmic agents are used in the treatment of Ventricular Premature Complexes?