Frequent ventricular ectopics in a healthy adult woman – is it associated with sudden cardiac death?

  • CL Teng
  • Kunjapan SR

Abstract

History. Puan N, a 45 year-old housewife, presented to herfamily doctor with the complaint of palpitation for two days.She described it as occasional rapid beating in her chest whichoccurred for a few seconds, about 10 times a day. She wasotherwise well; there was no fever, breathlessness or chestpain.

Physical examination. Blood pressure 110/70 mmHg. Pulse64/min with irregular beats. Heart: dual rhythm (with irregularitynoted), no murmur. Lungs: clear. No other physical findings. (copied from article)

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Published
2008-12-31
How to Cite
TengC., & SRK. (2008). Frequent ventricular ectopics in a healthy adult woman – is it associated with sudden cardiac death?. Malaysian Family Physician, 3(3), 2. Retrieved from https://www.e-mfp.org/ojs3/index.php/MFP/article/view/321
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