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- Hein J.J. Wellens, MD, FACC∗ and
- Pedro Brugada, MD
- ↵∗Address for reprints: Hein J. J. Wellens, MD, Department of Cardiology, Academic Hospital Maastricht, P.O. Box 1918, 6201 BX Maastricht, The Netherlands.
Despite major advances in the understanding of mechanisms, better diagnostic methods and a wide array of new modes of therapy, management of cardiac arrhythmias continues to be a challenge. Because of possible deleterious effects of antiarrhythmic therapy, the decision about when and how to treat should be weighed carefully with emphasis on symptoms and the prognostic significance of the arrhythmia. When possible, the high risk patient should be referred to a center where expertise and diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities allow optimal treatment.
☆ This article is part of a series of articles celebrating the 40th anniversary of the American College of Cardiology. The series attempts to set the stage for the future by describing current state of the art management of selected major cardiovascular problems and the basic knowledge that will provide directions for advances in diagnosis and therapy.