Basic Summary for Ventricular fibrillation


Main name of condition: Ventricular fibrillation

What is Ventricular fibrillation?
  Brief description of Ventricular fibrillation: Life-threatening heart arrhythmia with rapid beating in lower chambers
  Brief description of Ventricular fibrillation: Electrical signals in the ventricles are fired in a very fast and uncontrolled manner, causing the heart to quiver rather than beat and pump blood. 1 ... Rapid, irregular quivering of the heart's ventricles, with no effective heartbeat.2
  Parent types of Ventricular fibrillation: Heart conditions, Arrhythmias
  Organs Affected by Ventricular fibrillation: heart, ventricles
What causes Ventricular fibrillation?
  Cause of Ventricular fibrillation: Ineffective contractions or quivering of the lower heart chambers (ventricles) leading to no effective heart activity.
  Causes of Ventricular fibrillation: see causes of Ventricular fibrillation
What are the symptoms of Ventricular fibrillation?
  Symptoms of Ventricular fibrillation: see symptoms of Ventricular fibrillation
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Ventricular fibrillation: see treatments for Ventricular fibrillation

1. excerpt from NHLBI, Arrhythmia: NHLBI
2. excerpt from NHLBI, Cardiomyopathy: NHLBI

Last revision: June 24, 2003

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