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As in the previous figure generic actonel 35mg mastercard, antegrade con- duction occurs in a normal manner over the proximal Purkinje system (P1) and in the distal Purkinje network on the left of the diagram actonel 35 mg. The intracellular recordings from the respective electrodes indicate that the resting membrane potential from P2 is decreased due to the presence of injury at this site. Therefore, the impulse conducts slowly and decrementally, and finally is blocked in the area of injury (unidirectional block). The ventricular myocardium, however, has been depolarized from nor- mally conducting Purkinje fibers at remote insertion sites. The excitatory impulses traversing within the ventricular myocardium will reenter the distal portion of the Purkinje network (right side of diagram) and conduct slowly in the retrograde direction through the area of unidirectional block. The appropriate conditions are established by the conduction velocities and refractory pe- riods in the respective tissues. The retrograde impulse can reenter the proximal Purkinje system and initiate reexcitation of the proximal and distal Purkinje network as well as the ventricular myocardium if each of these sites has recovered its excitability from the previous depolarization. The reentry impulse may give rise to a premature coupled ventricular complex in which the nor- mally conducted impulse (V1) is followed with precise timing by a reentry ventricular complex (V2). The reentry impulses could occur more frequently so that the cardiac rhythm becomes domi- nated by the activity in the reentry pathway, thus leading to a rapid, repetitive series of ventricu- lar complexes (ventricular tachycardia) in which the ventricular rate becomes rapid ( 100 beats min) and may degenerate into ventricular fibrillation. The object of antiarrhythmic drug therapy is to reduce the frequency of hemodynamically disturbing premature ventricular impulses and to prevent the establishment of a sustained and rapidly conducting reentrant rhythm capable of be- coming lethal. In the undamaged myocardium, cardiac impulses the terminal segments of the Purkinje fibers within the travel rapidly antegrade through the Purkinje fibers to affected region may be activated by impulses passing deliver the excitatory electrical impulse to the ventricu- from the ventricular myocardium to conduct in a retro- lar myocardium. In some situations, the retrograde cardium to the conducting fibers is prevented by the impulse will enter an area of normal myocardium suffi- longer duration of the membrane action potential and ciently repolarized that it is no longer refractory, and a thus the refractory period in the Purkinje fibers. The generation In the presence of myocardial ischemia, propaga- of an action potential may produce an increased rate of tion of cardiac impulses may be interfered with and a ventricular activation and may become self-sustaining. Impulses The latter phenomenon is known as a reentrant, or cir- may fail to conduct longer in the anterograde direction cus, rhythm. Thus, gion of myocardial damage, the retrograde impulse will 16 Antiarrhythmic Drugs 169 attempt to reenter the normal region while the tissue is stimulus.