Cardiac arrhythmias in coronary heart disease: A national clinical guideline

This guideline provides evidence based recommendations for the management of cardiac arrest and the arrhythmias associated with acute coronary syndromes, chronic coronary heart disease and cardiac surgery. It excludes arrhythmias not associated with coronary heart disease such as supraventricular tachycardias associated with accessory pathways or dual atrioventricular (AV) nodal physiology, arrhythmias caused by inherited ion channel disorders (eg long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome) and arrhythmias associated with non-ischaemic cardiomyopathies. The evidence base in some areas (eg management of cardiac arrest and atrial fibrillation) does not accurately distinguish between patients whose arrhythmia has an ischaemic or non-ischaemic aetiology but wherever possible, the recommendations made are specific to coronary heart disease.