A nurse is working on the telemetry unit when one of her patients suddenly exhibits Torsades de Pointes. The nurse knows that which of these is true about this arrhythmia?
It is treated with the administration of sodium bicarbonate (HCO3) and the implantation of a pacemaker.
It can be short-lived and self-limited without any treatment, but it can lead to ventricular fibrillation if not corrected and treated.
Patients with this arrhythmia generally exhibit no physical signs or symptoms.
It is a precursor to a Wenckebach or Mobitz type I heart block.
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