Ventricular Fibrillation

Vfib

What is ventricular fibrillation?

A life-threatening heart rhythm that results in a rapid, inadequate heartbeat starting in the bottom chambers of the heart.

Who is most likely to get it?

Ventricular fibrillation will most likely occur in elders.

  • In adults, ventricular fibrillation is preceded by ventricular tachycardia in approximately 80% of cases.

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Symptoms

  • Pain in the chest
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Fast heart rate
  • Sensation of an abnormal heartbeat
  • Collapse
  • Fainting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Death
  • Nausea

Diagnosis

  • Heart Monitoring
  • Pulse Check


Tests to diagnose the cause of ventricular fibrillation:

  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Blood Tests
  • Chest X-ray
  • Echocardiogram
  • Coronary catheterization
  • CT scans & MRI

Treatments

EMERGENCY TREATMENTS:
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Defibrillation

TREATMENTS TO PREVENT FUTURE EPISODES:

  • Medications
  • Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD)
  • Coronary angioplasty and stent placement.
  • Coronary bypass surgery.

Prognosis

  • Ventricular Fibrillation will lead to death within a few minutes unless treated quickly and effectively.
  • Early defibrillation often makes the difference between long-term disability and functional recovery.
  • If defibrillation is delivered promptly, survival rates as high as 75%
  • People who have survived Ventricular Fibrillation may be in a coma or have long-term damage
Ventricular Fibrillation Animation Video

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