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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Ventricular Fibrillation

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Is there a cure for ventricular fibrillation?

Is there a cure for ventricular fibrillation?

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

Dr. Michael Zevitz
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Ventricular Fibrillation (Definition)

Ventricular fibrillation is a condition where there is an uncoordinated electrical stimulation to the ventricles of the heart, causing the muscles to contract individually rather than together as a group response. The heart is unable to pump ...Read more


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How do antiarrythmic drugs help in the treatment of ventricular fibrillation?

How do antiarrythmic drugs help in the treatment of ventricular fibrillation?

Channel Poisons.: All antiarrhythmic medications are targeted at the channels that allow sodium, potassium, and calcium into and out of cardiac muscles, myocytes. They target certain channels at a cellular level to slow or break the abnormal rhythm. They often do nothing to fix or correct the problem. ...Read more

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How long does ventricular fibrillation usually last without treatment?

How long does ventricular fibrillation usually last without treatment?

Until out of energy: Ventricular fibrillation is a lethal heart arrhythmia which results in no notable blood flow to all the organs. If it does not resolve quickly, either spontaneously, or with defibrillation (shocking), organ damage starts after just a few minutes. If not converted, the rhythm will continue for several minutes until the heart is out of cellular energy, . ...Read more

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What causes a person to sweat when they have ventricular fibrillation?

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 more

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Is it common for people with CHF to experience ventricular fibrillation?

Yes: Usually propel who have CHF have a poor lv function; less than 35%. With this diagnosis your heart has the propensity to go into very dangerous rhythms: ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. With these arrhythmias you are rendered dead, without a blood pressure, etc. Hence, why you are recommended to get an implantable cardioverter defibrillator when you have a cardiomyopathy. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can severe hypoxia cause bradydysrhythmias more often than ventricular fibrillation and why?

Help plz! Can severe hypoxia cause bradydysrhythmias more often than ventricular fibrillation and why?

Either or both: Severe hypoxia can manifest as extreme bradycardia which can degenerate into VF. Many factors influence this including underlying heart disease, electrolyte balance, medications taken to name a few. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ventricular fibrillation and ventricular re-entrant tachycardia? And which is more severe?

What is the difference between ventricular fibrillation and ventricular re-entrant tachycardia? And which is more severe?

Circulation: Ventricular fibrillation is totally disorganized and does not effectively pump blood. Untreated, this will be fatal. Ventricular tachycardia is organized, and depending on the rate, and the part of the heart it originates from, may be able to generate an effective blood pressure, at least for awhile. Serious, but not always fatal. ...Read more

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What is worse: ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation?

Ventricular fib: Vf is worse; it usually causes cardiac arrest which is often fatal. Atrial fibrillation, while not as severe, also has significant health risks. It increases the risk of stroke, which can be disabling or fatal. Additionally, if the af causes a fast pulse for a prolonged period of time, this may lead to weakening of the heart and cause heart failure. ...Read more

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Why is ventricular fibrillation worse than atrial fibrillation?

Fibrillation: atrial fibrillation has normal left ventricular contractions put poor atrial function. Ventricular fibrillation has no real ventricular contractions so blood pumping essentially stops. Atrial fibrillation is a rhythm you can live with. Ventricular fibrillation is a rhythm you die with unless it is corrected quickly. ...Read more

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Why digoxin is absolutely contraindicated in a case of ventricular fibrillation?

Why digoxin is absolutely contraindicated in a case of ventricular fibrillation?

Let me help myou: Digoxin is a heart stimulant with a very narrow range of safe doses. Ventricular tachycardia is very common adverse side effect of digoxin, and would likely make this condition worse or increase the frequency of the episodes. Stimulating a heart that is already beating too fast (tachycardia) could be fatal. Good luck. ...Read more

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Fibrillation (Definition)

Fibrillation is the rapid, irregular, and unsynchronized contraction of muscle fibers. An important occurrence is with ...Read more