Cardiac arrhythmias occur frequently in ICU patients.
12% incidence of ventricular plus supra ventricular arrhythmias for a general icu population.
The most common arrhythmia is sinus tachycardia. Atrial arrhythmias also occur with some frequency , where as ventricular arrhythmias are less common but usually more ominous.
Not all arrhythmias seen in the ICU are of new onset , some patients have preexisting arrhythmias that can be exacerbated by their critical illness