Role of the Autonomic Nervous System in the Generation of Supraventricular Tachyarrhythmias: Clues to Drug Selection

  • August M. Watanabe
Part of the Developments in Cardiovascular Medicine book series (DICM, volume 47)


In this brief review the role of the autonomic nervous system in the generation of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias will be dealt with under three headings: first, the complex interaction between the sympathetic and parasympathetic limbs of the the autonomic nervous system will be reviewed; second, in light of that information, the application of drugs that can modify autonomic nervous system function in the treatment of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias will be considered; and, finally, the anticholinergic actions of some class I antiarrhythmic drugs will be discussed with specific reference to the undesirable effects that these anticholinergic properties might have in treating patients with supraventricular tachyarrhythmias.


Atrial Fibrillation Autonomic Nervous System Muscarinic Receptor Action Potential Duration Atrial Flutter 
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