Transcutaneous cardiac pacing (TCP) is noninvasive and temporary means of pacing a patient’s heart during an emergency and stabilizing them until a better intervention is achieved. TCP works as an artificial pacemaker by delivering repetitive electric currents to the heart and thus by increasing the heart rate and heart function. Transcutaneous cardiac pacing (TCP) can be used until permanent pacing becomes available. Read more: What Are the Indications for Transcutaneous Cardiac Pacing? Article
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Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest is an unexpected, sudden death caused by sudden cardiac arrest (loss of heart function). Causes and risk factors of sudden cardiac arrest include (not inclusive) abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias), previous heart attack, coronary artery disease, smoking, high cholesterol,Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation after a heart attack, congenital heart defects, history of fainting, heart failure, obesity, diabetes, and drug abuse. Treatment of sudden cardiac arrest is an emergency, and action must be taken immediately.
How Long Does an Electrophysiology Study Take?
An electrophysiology (EP) study is a test performed to determine the cause of abnormal heart rhythm and it usually takes about one to four hours to complete. However, it may take longer if additional treatments such as catheter ablation are performed at the same time by your heart surgeon.