ACLS 2010 – Tachycardias

First of three parts, this one just goes over the algorithm. Then we’ll look at some of the details.

This one looks at some of the tachycardias and why the drugs work (and why to avoid others).

More on tachycardic rhythms: namely the wide complex and irregular tachycardias. Pay attention mostly to the general concepts. There’s more here if you ever want to come back to it. Are you pre-excited? (Don’t worry, it happens to most resuscitations.)


  1. I have taken ACLS about two years ago, and found it somewhat confusing. However, your explanation is much clearer, briefer, and easier to remember!

  2. Informative ACLS review, did have a question in regards to the wide complex tachycardias, is there any particular universal hierarchy in which these drugs are you used (setting aside adverse effects), or is it a matter of hospital/physician preference?

  3. It really helps to get a big picture before going into detail about each rhythm. I wish I had seen this during our core course in Cardiology during 2nd year and then again before my Cardio clerkship during 3rd year!

  4. I really like the approach of starting broad and then delving into the details. I also appreciate the explanation of the pathophysiology. I will certainly review these videos again.

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