The anatomic basis for ventricular arrhythmia in the normal heart: What the student of anatomy needs to know

Jo Jo Hai, Nirusha Lachman, Faisal F. Syed, Christopher V. Desimone, Samuel J. Asirvatham

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Abstract

The traditional route for teaching cardiac anatomy involves didactic instruction, cadaver dissections, and familiarization with the main structure and relationships of the cardiac chambers, valves, and vasculature. In contemporary cardiac electrophysiology, however, a very different view of anatomy is required including details rarely appreciated with a general overview. In this review, we discuss the critical advances in cardiac electrophysiology that were possible only because of understanding detailed anatomic relationships. While we briefly discuss the clinical relevance, we explain in depth the necessary structural information for the student of clinical anatomy. Interspersed through the text are boxes that highlight and summarize the critical pieces of knowledge to be borne in mind while studying the fascinating structural anatomy of the human heart.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)885-893
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Anatomy
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2014

Keywords

  • cardiac anatomy
  • catheter ablation
  • complications
  • outflow tract
  • ventricular tachycardia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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