Approach to Ventricular Arrhythmias in the Intensive Care Unit

J Intensive Care Med. 2021 Jul;36(7):731-748. doi: 10.1177/0885066620912701. Epub 2020 Jul 24.


Arrhythmias are commonly encountered in the intensive care unit as a primary admitting diagnosis or secondary to an acute illness. Appropriate identification and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias in this setting are particularly important to reduce morbidity and mortality. This review highlights the epidemiology, mechanisms, electrocardiographic features, and treatment of ventricular arrhythmias.

Keywords: advanced cardiac life support; anti-arrhythmic agents; intensive care unit; ventricular arrhythmias.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac* / diagnosis
  • Arrhythmias, Cardiac* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units*