Detecting and diagnosing arrhythmias in adults with congenital heart disease.

Current cardiology reports

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Collins KK, Dubin AM. Detecting and diagnosing arrhythmias in adults with congenital heart disease. Curr Cardiol Rep. 2003;5(4):331-5.
Arrhythmias are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in adults with congenital heart disease; they can range from occult asymptomatic sinus node disease to sudden death. Detecting and diagnosing these arrhythmias presents a challenge when caring for these patients. A high index of suspicion is necessary, as well as a thorough understanding of the underlying heart defect and subsequent surgical interventions. A careful history, noninvasive evaluation, and in some cases invasive testing are all necessary to determine arrhythmias in this population.