A 51-year-old member asked:
Why do paramedics use defibrillators with a heart attack patient?
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Wound care 38 years experience
Restore heart rhythm: During a heart attack the heart tissues are starved for oxygen. When this happens the heart rhythm deteriorates and instead of beating the heart muscle fibrillates- sort of wiggles- instead of contracting as a unit. This is called ventricular fibrillation. Delivering a jolt of electricity to the heart interrupts the wiggles and allows the heart muscle to resume normal contractions.
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Thoracic Surgery 29 years experience
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A 30-year-old member asked:
What are some of the symptoms of a heart attack patient?
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General Surgery 56 years experience
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