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How Long Should Ventricular Fibrillation Last
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 on medications that slow the ventricular response to the atrial rate. Ventricular fibrillation is not tolerated, meaning someone having true ventricular fibrillation will loose consciousness in seconds. True vf is life threatening in seconds. Read more
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 heart. It always causes patients to lose conciousness and cause cardiovascular collapse. These patients need to have immediate confirmation of their rhythm disturbance and be defibrillated immediately to prevent death. Read more
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Ventricular fibrilla: Ventricular fibrillation means the heart is not mechanically contracting and thus isn't pumping blood. There is no kind of ventricular fibrillation that isn't life threatening unless it is the kind which is pseudovfib meaning it isn't really fibrillating, it just looks that way on the ecg. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
V-fib???: V-fib that lasts more than a few seconds is typically lethal and results in sudden death. Atrial fibrillation (a-fib) is a different thing entirely, which is a common heart rhythm abnormality. Some people live in constant afib, some people their afib is come-and-go. If it is afib you are referring to, it is commonly managed with a combination of medications and procedures. Read more
Possibly..: In ventricular fibrillation, vfib, the heart is quivering and there is no blood flow so the person is clinically dead. If the heart cannot be restored to a rhythmn where there is blood flow, the patient will then be pronounced dead. Treatment for this rhythmn includes electrically shocking the heart as quickly as possible. Performing CPR in the meantime can be life-saving. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 victim will most likely be pulseless. It must be treated with defibrillation, cpr, epinephrine/vasopressin, amiodarone, Lidocaine and/or magnesium. It's not something you can treat at home with a cup of herbal tea. And anyway, you'd be unconscious. Read more
Vfib: Ventricular fibrillation causes the heart to not contract, blood flow to the body ceases and the patient will die if normal or contractile rhythm isn't returned. Sweating is a response to low blood pressure. When blood pressure drops with atrial fibrillation patients may have sweating. Ventricular fibrillation long enough to cause perceived sweating unlikely unless reversed to better rhythm. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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