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Ventricular fibrillation

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Murphy
18 years experience in Pediatric Cardiology
Ventricular or Atria: Fibrillation is a random chaiotic electrical pattern. Atrial fibrillation is common an some older adults live in continuous a-fib and feel ok while o ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
36 years experience in Internal medicine
Immediate ECG: Ventricular fibrillation is a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia which if not reversed back to a normal rhythm, can cause permanent stoppage of the he ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luke Hermann
24 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Trick question: You won't.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zevitz
36 years experience in Internal medicine
Cardiac arrest: Ventricular fibrillation is a fatal arrhythmia that results in death unless reversed with defibrillation. The main symptoms are cardiovascular collaps ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
19 years experience in Cardiology
Usually: Almost always. It may terminate on it's own in some circumstances, but not very often. If you had a internal or external defibrillator, then you cou ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randy Kiewe
26 years experience in Cardiology
None: Ventricular fibrillation is a condition in which there is uncoordinated contraction of the cardiac muscle of the ventricles in the heart, making them ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Rubenstein
19 years experience in Cardiology
Not usually: Not typically; however, if you also have an accessory pathway (wolff-parkinson-white syndrome), this is a unique situation where af is known to cause ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
30 years experience in Cardiology
Rarely: In rare settings where the usual conduction pathway is not in place atrial fibrillation (af) can lead to ventricular fibrillation (vf) . For example, ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Symptoms: You should be seeing a cardiologist for evaluation and management.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Behzad Pavri
34 years experience in Cardiac Electrophysiology
Usually benign: Premature or "skipped" beats frome the bottom chambers of the heart are common; they sometimes occur in fixed patterns. When every other beat is a pre ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
46 years experience in Cardiology
VF vs AF: Ventricular is lethal instantly. A fib is not lethal and treated with medications or ablation.
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Chapman
40 years experience in Cardiology
Various: Depends on the severity of the v tach, and your underlying heart condition. Medications such as the Cordarone (amiodarone) you are taking will often ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fenster
30 years experience in Cardiology
Ventricular fib: Atrial fibrillation (af) in rare instances can be a life threatening condition. However, many thousands of people each day remain in af without any li ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Fibrillation: atrial fibrillation has normal left ventricular contractions put poor atrial function. Ventricular fibrillation has no real ventricular contractions s ... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stuart Higano
36 years experience in Cardiology
Irregular pulse: Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm that is intermittent (or paroxysmal), arising from the upper chambers of the heart (or atri ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gabriel Goren
57 years experience in General Surgery
For: Any chances to "recover" from vfib one need to be in an intensive care an hooked to an ekg. And a slim chance to live. If someone collapses on the str ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
45 years experience in Cardiology
Sometimes: There is a gene that makes the tendency to get it more likely, but most a fib is due to environmental and aquired factors such as age, valvular heart ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
31 years experience in Cardiology
Atria or ventricles: Supra ventricular tachycardia: from upper chambers of the heart, is due to irritability (increased automaticity) or a short circuit (reentry), heart i ... Read More
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A 85-year-old male asked:
Dr. Rodney Del Valle
35 years experience in Anesthesiology
Atrial fibrillation?: Most common cardiac dysthymia on the general population. Affect over 2 million people in usa. Incidence increase with age. Associated with hypertensio ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
30 years experience in Cardiology
Fatal: Ventricular fibrillation is usually fatal if not treated immediately with defibrillation.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Both critical: Asystole mean ther is no heart activity the heart is not beating or moving in any way, it is the rhythm that a patient has when they are pronounced de ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
30 years experience in Cardiology
Not always: It certainly can be. Although there are multiple instances when one can have an "irregular heartbeat'. You should see your doctor so an ekg can be do ... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience in Cardiology
No: Congenital heart problems can be inherited and this can lead to afib. But afib itself is not.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience in Internal Medicine
Irregular/ regular: Heart rythm problem is more unpredictable in a fib. In flutter the are more predictable and regular rate. The treatment approach differs and risk of ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience in Cardiology
Reduces it: It lowers the risk.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Szawaluk
30 years experience in Cardiology
Not necessarily: One can have atrial tachycardia/paroxysmal atrial tachycardia with a structurally normal heart and no evidence of coronary artery disease.
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harinder Gill
38 years experience in Cardiology
Holter results: inspection of relevance ECG tracings is necessary for appropriate interpretive report.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
35 years experience in Cardiology
Sodium Channels: Sodium channels are responsible for the action potential, the depolarization of the heart. These drugs decrease the excitability of the heart because ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joshua Murphy
18 years experience in Pediatric Cardiology
Channel Poisons.: All antiarrhythmic medications are targeted at the channels that allow sodium, potassium, and calcium into and out of cardiac muscles, myocytes. They ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Byrnes
45 years experience in Internal Medicine
10 minutes: Less than 10 minutes.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
I do not think so: Absolutely not. This is the most dangerous arrhythmia one can have because it can quickly deteriorate to asystole. V-fib is a shockable rhythm and a ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Safford
34 years experience in Critical Care
Beta Blockers: Yes. Beta blockers are antiarrythmic medications as well as an anti-hypertensive medication. It counteracts the effects of catacholamines like Epine ... Read More
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