Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVC)

Intermediate Nursing
Cardiac Rhythm Strips
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In this lesson, we are going to talk about what can cause premature ventricular contractions, or PVCs, and identify some causes and risk factors and signs and symptoms of this dysrhythmia.  We are also going to take a look at the appearance of PVCs on a cardiac rhythm strip. Finally, we will discuss priority nursing interventions and medical treatments along with potential serious complications the condition can cause.


Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Follow the electrical pathway through the heart
  2. Recognize types of premature ventricular contractions on a rhythm strip
  3. Discuss causes and risk factors for developing premature ventricular contractions
  4. Assess for signs and symptoms of premature ventricular contractions
  5. Understand potential complications of premature ventricular contractions
  6. Recall treatment methods for premature ventricular contractions

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