Should antiarrhythmic drugs be used in hemodynamically unstable patients?

Updated: Apr 09, 2019
  • Author: Lawrence Rosenthal, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS; Chief Editor: Jeffrey N Rottman, MD  more...
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Hemodynamically unstable patients (eg, those with hypotension) may not tolerate antiarrhythmic drugs, and the adverse effects and contraindications of each antiarrhythmic drug should be considered carefully before administration. Because of possible proarrhythmic adverse effects of antiarrhythmic drugs, these patients should be monitored for at least 24 hours, requiring hospitalization in most cases.


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