Tachyarrhythmias and neurologic complications

Catherine E. Hassett, Sung Min Cho, Jose I. Suarez

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Tachyarrhythmias are abnormal heart rhythms with a ventricular rate of 100 or more beats per minute. These rhythms are classified as either narrow or wide-complex tachycardia with further subdivision into regular or irregular rhythm. Patients are frequently symptomatic presenting with palpitations, diaphoresis, dyspnea, chest pain, dizziness, and syncope. Sudden cardiac death may occur with certain arrhythmias. Recognizing tachyarrhythmia and understanding its management is important as a wide spectrum of neurologic complications have been associated with such arrhythmias. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive overview on the neurologic complications of tachyarrhythmias, neurologic adverse events of antiarrhythmic interventions, and neurologic conditions that can precipitate tachyarrhythmia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Jan 2021

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752
ISSN (Electronic)2212-4152


  • Antiarrhythmic agents
  • Neurologic complications
  • Seizure
  • Stroke
  • Tachyarrhythmia
  • Tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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