PREMATURE VENTRICULAR BEATS
\pɹɪmət͡ʃˈʊ͡ə vɛntɹˈɪkjʊlə bˈiːts], \pɹɪmətʃˈʊə vɛntɹˈɪkjʊlə bˈiːts], \p_ɹ_ɪ_m_ə_tʃ_ˈʊə v_ɛ_n_t_ɹ_ˈɪ_k_j_ʊ_l_ə b_ˈiː_t_s]\
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Premature contractions of the ventricle, the most common of all arrhythmias. In the absence of heart disease, they are not of great clinical significance, but in patients with coronary disease, they represent a constant danger of ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation and sudden death. The longer-term prognosis for asymptomatic, healthy subjects with frequent and complex ectopy is similar to that for the healthy United States population. (From Sokolow, et al., Clinical Cardiology, 5th ed, p491)
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