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Pocket Guidelines on Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death

ESC Pocket Guidelines

Cardiac Arrest
Acute Cardiac Care
Device Therapy
Ventricular Arrhythmias and Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD)
Chronic Heart Failure
Arrhythmias and Device Therapy

Publication Date: 2022

Chairpersons: Katja Zeppenfeld and Jacob Tfelt-Hansen 

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Structure of the pocket guidelines and how to use it

3. Public awareness and intervention

4. Diagnostic evaluation

4.1. Diagnostic evaluation at first presentation with VA

Scenario 1: patients presenting with an incidental finding of NSVT

Scenario 2: patients presenting with a first SMVT episode

Sudden cardiac arrest survivors

Scenario 3: evaluation of SCA survivors

Sudden cardiac death victims and relatives of SADS decedents

Scenario 4: Evaluation of SD victims.

Scenario 5: Evaluation of relatives of SADS decedents

4.2. Genetic testing

5. Acute management of VA

6. Long-term management – drug treatment. General aspects

7. Long-term management – device treatment. General aspects

8. Diagnostic evaluation, management, and risk stratification according to clinical presentation and known (likely) disease

8.1. Coronary artery disease and coronary anomalies

8.2. Idiopathic PVC/VT and PVC induced/aggravated cardiomyopathy

8.3. Cardiomyopathies

8.4. Neuromuscular diseases

8.5. Inflammatory cardiac diseases

8.6. Valvular heart disease

8.7. Congenital heart disease

8.8. Primary electrical disease

Idiopathic VF

Long QT syndrome

Andersen-Tawil syndrome type 1

Brugada syndrome

Early repolarization syndrome

Cathecolaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia

Short QT syndrome

9. Selected populations


Pocket Guidelines: VA & SCD