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Is ventricular fibrillation a problem inside the heart muscle?

Electrical... Ventricular fibrillation is an electrical problem that causes the heart to quiver so it cannot pump blood. Since there is no blood flow, the patient is clinically dead and the heart needs to be shocked, hopefully back into a normal rhythmn. Read more...

If someone's heart stops from ventricular fibrillation, will a defibrillator restore heart rhythm or is it too late?

ICD. Icds are implanted to monitor the electrical activity of very abnormal hearts to see if a life threatening rhythm occurs. If it detects one of these rhythms, it will charge its capacitor and fire a shock to defibrillate the heart back to stable rhythm. In appropriate patients these devices save lives. Read more...

How can you tell difference between someone having heart attack and someone having ventricular fibrillation? Give aspirin for v-fib too or no?

Vfib. Patients with ventricular fibrillation usually become unconscious or dead very quickly. A heart attack patient could have Vfib but more often has pain and other symptoms and is not unconscious if perfusion is adequate. Vfib implies very poor to no perfusion. Read more...

Is epinephrine in dental anaesthesia enough to cause ventricular fibrillation? No heart issues just PACS and PVCs a few times per day. Had echo normal

No connection. Epinephrine in dental anesthetic can cause a TEMPORARY increase in heart rate if it is placed into the bloodstream during administration. It is immediate and lasts about 10 minutes on average. While it is uncomfortable at the time, it does not cause long lasting heart rhythm issues. Consult your PCP or a cardiologist for answers. Read more...
Very scary. B"sd epinephrine could possibly make your irritable heart more irritable and lead to various, even G-d forbid fatal arrythmias. Would avoid epinephrine. If needed only in a medical facility with ability to treat cardiac emergencies. Read more...