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When does someone use a defibrillator?

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Dr. Alon Gitig
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
3 doctors agree

In brief: To stop fibrillation

"fibrillation" is when the heart muscle is not contracting efficiently, but rather twitching weakly at rapid rates.
If this involves the bottom chambers of the heart ("ventricles"), it is life threatening as normal cardiac output falls drastically. The rhythm must be normalized quickly to resume normal heart output, and electrical shocks promptly defibrillate, i.e. Stop the abnormal rhythm.

In brief: To stop fibrillation

"fibrillation" is when the heart muscle is not contracting efficiently, but rather twitching weakly at rapid rates.
If this involves the bottom chambers of the heart ("ventricles"), it is life threatening as normal cardiac output falls drastically. The rhythm must be normalized quickly to resume normal heart output, and electrical shocks promptly defibrillate, i.e. Stop the abnormal rhythm.
Dr. Alon Gitig
Dr. Alon Gitig
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Dr. Rick Koch
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: For life

Threatening arrhythmia or to cardiovert rhythms like afib, svt or atrial flutter.

In brief: For life

Threatening arrhythmia or to cardiovert rhythms like afib, svt or atrial flutter.
Dr. Rick Koch
Dr. Rick Koch
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