Analysis of electrolyte abnormalities and the mechanisms leading to arrhythmias in heart failure. A literature review.

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Abstract

About 50% of deaths from heart failure (HF) are sudden, presumably referable to arrhythmias. Electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities are a frequent and potentially dangerous complication in HF patients. Their incidence is almost always correlated with the severity of cardiac dysfunction; furthermore leading to arrhythmias, these imbalances are associated with a poor prognosis. The frequency of ventricular ectopic beats and sudden cardiac death correlate with both plasma and whole body levels of potassium, especially in alkalemia. The early recognition of these alterations and the knowledge of the pathophysiological mechanisms are useful for the management of these HF patients.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
JournalLA CLINICA TERAPEUTICA
Volume167
Publication statusPublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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