Part 8: adult advanced cardiovascular life support: 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care

Circulation. 2010 Nov 2;122(18 Suppl 3):S729-67. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.110.970988.


The goal of therapy for bradycardia or tachycardia is to rapidly identify and treat patients who are hemodynamically unstable or symptomatic due to the arrhythmia. Drugs or, when appropriate, pacing may be used to control unstable or symptomatic bradycardia. Cardioversion or drugs or both may be used to control unstable or symptomatic tachycardia. ACLS providers should closely monitor stable patients pending expert consultation and should be prepared to aggressively treat those with evidence of decompensation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support / methods*
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support / standards
  • Age Factors
  • American Heart Association*
  • Cardiology / methods*
  • Cardiology / standards
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / methods
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation / standards
  • Emergency Medical Services / methods
  • Emergency Medical Services / standards
  • Heart Arrest / diagnosis
  • Heart Arrest / therapy
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic* / standards
  • United States