Ventricular Fibrillation

Ventricular fibrillation is a heart rhythm problem that occurs when the heart beats with rapid, erratic electrical impulses. The heart is unable to effectively pump blood. Ventricular fibrillation is frequently triggered by a heart attack and is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. A person with ventricular fibrillation will collapse within seconds and soon won't be breathing or have a pulse. Emergency treatment for ventricular fibrillation includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and shocks to the heart with a device called a defibrillator. Subsequent treatments for those who survived ventricular fibrillation typically include medications and implantable devices that can restore a normal heart rhythm.

WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/tc/ventricular-tachycardia-topic-overview

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