New Strategies for Arrhythmia Treatment

Xiu-Shan Wu, Wanwan Cai, Ping Zhu, Wuzhou Yuan


Arrhythmias are an important class of cardiovascular disease, the most common of which are impulsive mechanisms (automatic, triggering activities), impulsive conduction disorders (re-entry, blockade) or both[1]. Arrhythmia may occur at any age and is characterised by a heartbeat that is either too slow (<60 beats per min) or too fast (>100 beats per min). Traditional arrhythmia treatment is divided into drug therapy and non-drug therapy. Non-pharmacological treatments include electric shock, heart rate adjustment, surgery and radiofrequency ablation[2]. While these treatments can alleviate the symptoms of arrhythmia to some extent, the radical treatment cannot be achieved. This article briefly introduces several common arrhythmia diseases, and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of traditional arrhythmia treatment methods, focusing on new application strategies of gene therapy.


Arrhythmia; cardiac conduction system; traditional therapy; gene therapy; heart failure

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