What is an ECG? Asystole Pulseless Electrical Activity 3° AV Block 2° AV Block Type II 2° AV Block Type I 1° AV Block Torsades de Pointes Ventricular Fibrillation Ventricular Tachycardia Premature Ventricular Contractions Wolff Parkinson White Multifocal Atrial Tachycardia Premature Atrial Contractions AV Nodal Reentry Tachycardia Atrial Flutter Atrial Fibrillation Normal Sinus Rhythms Sinus Arrhythmia
Pulseless Electrical Activity
Pulseless Electrical Activity (PEA), formerly known as Electromechanical Dissociation (EMD), is a condition in which there is electrical activity of the heart, but no mechanical capture (no mechanical pumping of the ventricles). Patients in PEA will have a rhythm (it can be any rhythm, technically speaking) on the monitor, but will be pulseless. Resuscitation of the patient should focus on determining the cause of, and reversing the cause of this arrhythmia. Most commonly, PEA is caused by one of the following: Hypovolemia, hypoxia, acidosis, pericardial tamponade, tension pneumothorax, large pulmonary emboli, large myocardial infarction, hypothermia and/or drug overdoses.
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