Identifying Complete Heart Block and the use of Temporary Cardiac Pacing in the Emergency Department
- Mar 22nd, 2016
- Katherine Stolper
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Third degree, or complete, heart block indicates complete dissociation between the atria and the ventricles. It is a cardiac emergency that has numerous causes including primary cardiac, electrolyte and medication toxicity. It needs to be managed with emergent pacing, either trancutaneous or transvenous. This article describes complete heart block and its management.