Premature Atrial Contractions (PAC)

Intermediate Nursing
Cardiac Rhythm Strips
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In this lesson, we are going to talk about what can cause a premature atrial contraction, or PAC, and identify some signs and symptoms of this dysrhythmia.  We are also going to take a look at the appearance of PACs on a cardiac rhythm strip. We will then discuss priority nursing interventions and medications used to manage and treat this condition.


Learning Objectives:

Upon the completion of this lesson, learners will be able to:

  1. Follow the electrical pathway through the heart
  2. Recognize premature atrial contractions on a rhythm strip
  3. Discuss causes and risk factors for developing premature atrial contractions
  4. Predict signs and symptoms of premature atrial contractions
  5. Explain potential complications of premature atrial contractions

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