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What is dysthymia ?

Disturbance of cardiac rhythm


How is dysrhythmia classified ?

Site of origin - atria/ventricles
Types of rhythmic disturbance - increased/decreased and regular/irregular


Define atrial tachycardia ?

Heart rate of 150-240 bpm
Regular beating


Define atrial flutter

Heart rate 240-350bpm
Regular beating


Define atrial fibrillation

Irregular beating
Tachycardia and flutter often lead to this
Some people are asymptotic while others have pain, palpitations and dizziness


Define ventricular tachycardia

120-300bpm heart rate
Regular beating


Define ventricular fibrillation

Irregular beating that can be fatal in minutes


Why do dysrhythmias arise ?

Caused by changes in generation or conduction of electrical impulses


Explain abnormal impulse generation ?

AUTOMATICITY- increased pacemaker activity
TRIGGERED ACTIVITY- when an ectopic beat arises after a normal beat


Explain abnormal impulse conduction

HEART BLOCK - when impulses don't travel through SAN to AVN properly
REENTRY - propagating impulse fails to die out


Explain automaticity

Also called ectopic pacemaker activity
It results from increased sympathetic stimulation and by partial depolarisation that can occur during ischaemia due to increased extracellular potassium levels
Causes increase phase 4 depolarisation and it can also cause normally quiescent tissue to undergo spontaneous rhythms


Explain triggered activity

- an extra AP before previous one reaches baseline caused by deactivation of L-type calcium channels
-results from sympathetic stimulation and heart failure
- an extra AP after previous ap has returned to baseline
- caused by increased intracellular calcium levels which activate sodium/calcium exchanger which pumps out a calcium for 3 sodium in so a net increase of +1 causing depolarisation
Results scroll, sympathetic stimulation, heart.failure and cardiac glycosides


Explain re-entry

When an electrical impulse re-excites regions of the myocardium
- normally an impulse propagates in both directions and once they meet they die out but if a damaged area cause either a transient block or a unidirectional block continuous circulation of this impulse occurs


What are the 4 classes of anti-dysrhythmic drugs ?

1-sodium channel blockers
2-beta blockers
3- potassium channel blockers
4- calcium channel blockers
Also cardiac glycosides


What is the aim of anti-dysrhythmic drugs ?

They affect electrical impulse formation/propagation through the effects of ion channels, receptors and ionic pumps


What is the main function of the sodium channels blockers ?

the atrial/ventricular tissue depolarisation is caused by sodium influx so these drugs block these channels reducing the upstroke


What do the potassium channels blockers affects ?

They affect the repolarisation phase of both aps in the pacemaker cells and atrial/ventricular tissue
Increase the refractory period


What are the aims of the beta blockers ?

Reduce funny current at phase 4 depolarisation of pacemaker cells
Reduce calcium current in the upstroke of pacemaker potential and plateau phase of atrial/ventricular tissue


What is the aim of the calcium channel blockers ?

Reduce the calcium current in the upstroke of the pacemaker potential and the plateau phase of the atrial/ventricular potential


What are the 4 main mechanisms by which anti-dysrhythmic drugs work ?

1- reduce funny current
2- slow conduction of sodium and calcium currents by beta- blockers
3- increase refractory period by blocking potassium channels
4- reducing intracellular calcium by blocking calcium channels


What are the sodium channel blockers divided into and how do each of them work ?

A, b, c
All three work on the activated state of sodium channels
Only b is able to block the inactivated state


What is an important characteristic of class 1 drugs ?

Use dependence
So he faster the heart beats the more effective these drugs block


Explain the association/dissociation, ap effects, use, side effects and examples of 1a....

Medium - only bind in activated state so reduce upstroke
Slow the conduction of sodium ions and they also have class 3 effects by increasing refractory period
Used for ventricular and supraventricular dysrythmias
Forsake de pointed, polymorphic dysrythmias, anti cholinergic effects
Quinidine, procainamide


Explain the association/dissociation, use, side effects and examples of 1b...

Little effect on conduction as it unwinds quickly but it's good at preventing premature beats
Used for ventricular dysrythmia after heart attack
Bolus lidocaine can cause seizures and coma
Lidocaine , mexiletine


Explain the association/dissociation, use, side effects and examples of 1c....

Slows conduction and is bound through ap so generally reduce excitability
Ventricular and supraventricular tachycardias
Well tolerated


Give examples of beta blockers and explain effects ...

Propranolol and atenolol
Used to treat ventricular dysrythmias because they can reduce sympathetic activity
Increas refractory period at AVN
Suppress non sustained ventricular arrhythmias
Reduce ectopic pacemaker activity -1b
Exacerbate heart failure by reducing CO
Propranolol can cross BBB and cause nightmares


Give examples of class 3 drugs and explain their effects....

Soltalol (+2activity)and amiodarone(+1,2,4 activity)
Prolong refractory period in atria and ventricles
Reverse use dependence
Used in atrial fibrillation
Can't be used on people with long Q-T syndrome


Give examples of class 4 drugs and explain there effects...

Verapamil and dilitazem
Slow conduction at AVN and reduce triggered activity
Used in supraventricular arrhythmias to slow ventricular rate


What are cardiac glycosides ?

They enhance vagal activity which slows automaticity and prolongs av conduction and refractoriness
Control ventricular rate in atrial fibrillation
Prevent re-entrant arrhythmias involving AVN