Ventricular Ectopy in the Normal Heart. An Elusive Menace or a Harmless Variant?
Ventricular Ectopy in the Normal Heart
Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) are a common feature specially at increasing age. In the normal heart they are usually benign, but in some cases, they may be associated with sudden cardiac death or risk of heart failure. Although the pathophysiological mechanisms of these effects are not yet fully clarified, PVCs’ potential to cause a form of cardiomyopathy is now widely accepted. In this brief review we present the main evidence regarding ventricular ectopy and its consequences, in individuals without pre-existing heart disease. Rhythmos 2020;15(3): 47-51.
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