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What is worse: ventricular fibrillation or atrial fibrillation?

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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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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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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How long does ventricular fibrillation last?

How long does 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

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What are the tests for ventricular fibrillation?

What are the tests for ventricular fibrillation?

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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What are the symptoms of ventricular fibrillation?

What are the symptoms of ventricular fibrillation?

Cardiac arrest: Ventricular fibrillation is a fatal arrhythmia that results in death unless reversed with defibrillation. The main symptoms are cardiovascular collapse with absence of blood pressure, pulselessness, and total unresponsiveness to any stimuli. ...Read more

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What kind of ventricular fibrillation is not dangerous?

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 more

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What causes a person to have ventricular fibrillation vfib?

What causes a person to have ventricular fibrillation vfib?

Low oxygen...: Anything that results in low oxygen to the heart muscle can result in ventricular fibrillation including a myocardial infarct, or mi. ...Read more

Fibrillation (Definition)

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