Ventricular Premature Complexes

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  • An ectopic beat beginning in the ventricles below the AV node and occurring prematurely in relation the the existing cardiac rhythm.
  • Often VPCs are following by a compensatory pause.


Significant myocardial damage to the heart or disease in other systems, Drug reactions, Hypoxia, Anaemia, Electrolyte and acid-base disturbances, etc.

ECG Appearance: P waves absent from the QRS complexes associated with the VPCs, wide and abnormal QRS complexes


Treatment similar to ventricular tachycardia.