Driving in the Slow Lane: Bradycardias and Heart Blocks

Author(s): Townsend Terri L

Contact Hours 0.85

CERP A 0.85

Expires Dec 31, 2024

Topics: Cardiovascular, ECG

Population: Adult

Role: APRN, Staff, Educator

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Electrical impulses travel through the conduction system much like a highway system through the heart. When a portion of the conduction system is damaged, impulses take different routes and detours. Understanding the foundational pathophysiology behind bradycardias and heart blocks allows us to anticipate complications and provide excellent care for our patients. Restoring normal rates and rhythms can improve our patients’ quality of life and allow them to keep driving into the future.


  • Describe two pathological conditions that can result in slow dysrhythmias.
  • Differentiate between the various types of heart block.
  • Identify two treatments for slow heart rhythms.

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