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Is synchronized cardioversion the most effective treatment for cardiac arrest?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

Synchronized cardioversion implies that a regular and organized cardiac rhythm is present.
Most patients with cardiac arrest have ventricular fibrillation. Cardioversion of ventricular fibrillation does not require synchronization. In the case of ventricular tachycardia where a regular rhythm is present, synchronization is required.

In brief: Maybe

Synchronized cardioversion implies that a regular and organized cardiac rhythm is present.
Most patients with cardiac arrest have ventricular fibrillation. Cardioversion of ventricular fibrillation does not require synchronization. In the case of ventricular tachycardia where a regular rhythm is present, synchronization is required.
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Dr. Mitchell Zeitler
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

Most cardiac arrests are treated with defibrillation.
Cardioversions are used for arrythmias rapid heart rate) where the person still has a pulse and is awake but is rapidly deteriorating (losing consciousness, short of breath, chest pain) and the cardioversion syncs with the person's rapid heart rate. In cardiac arrest the person is unconscious and has no pulse and the heart is in v-tach/fib.

In brief: Depends

Most cardiac arrests are treated with defibrillation.
Cardioversions are used for arrythmias rapid heart rate) where the person still has a pulse and is awake but is rapidly deteriorating (losing consciousness, short of breath, chest pain) and the cardioversion syncs with the person's rapid heart rate. In cardiac arrest the person is unconscious and has no pulse and the heart is in v-tach/fib.
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: No

..Under that scenario synchronization is not required.

In brief: No

..Under that scenario synchronization is not required.
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