Diseases of the heart affect a large percentage of the North American population. Members of health care professions need to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the most common cardiac arrhythmias to practice effectively. This course provides an introduction to common cardiac arrhythmias covering topics such as cardiac physiology, lead placement, identification of sinus rhythms, mechanisms of common arrhythmias, pacemaker rhythms and life-threatening arrhythmias. Significant nursing interventions to deal with these arrhythmias will be addressed. This course is a foundation for the Cardiac Care, Critical Care and Emergency Nursing certificate programs.