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Why is ventricular fibrillation the most common rhythm of cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: Final pathway

Ventricular fibrillation is the final step before a heart stops beating.
Any heart that has not gotten enough blood flow or oxygen for a prolonged period of time will begin fibrillating followed shortly by asystole (no beating at all). In a sense, ventricular fibrillation is the final step every heart likely goes through before it stops beating.

In brief: Final pathway

Ventricular fibrillation is the final step before a heart stops beating.
Any heart that has not gotten enough blood flow or oxygen for a prolonged period of time will begin fibrillating followed shortly by asystole (no beating at all). In a sense, ventricular fibrillation is the final step every heart likely goes through before it stops beating.
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. Timothy Byrnes
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Why not

Basically we are talking about cardiac arrest.
This means the heart ceases to pump. The two options are asystole or no heart beats or ventricular fibrillation...Rapid chaotic ineffective quivering of the heart. Vf is a common consequence of heart attacks. It is also a common consequence of enlarged weakened heart (cardiomyopathy). Two common causes of death.

In brief: Why not

Basically we are talking about cardiac arrest.
This means the heart ceases to pump. The two options are asystole or no heart beats or ventricular fibrillation...Rapid chaotic ineffective quivering of the heart. Vf is a common consequence of heart attacks. It is also a common consequence of enlarged weakened heart (cardiomyopathy). Two common causes of death.
Dr. Timothy Byrnes
Dr. Timothy Byrnes
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