Ventricular Fibrillation Treatments

When individuals fall unconscious and are brought to the Emergency Room for resuscitation from ventricular fibrillation, the following treatment options may be implored immediately.

Electric Defibrillation – This is also known as cardioversion, the use of electric shock to bring back the heart to its original rhythm. Electric shocks are delivered via the electric paddle of the defibrillator machines. Ventricular Fibrillation may be effectively converted by this method if performed correctly.

Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – This is the final recourse, if all else fails. The objective of CPR is to restore lung perfusion with oxygen by direct intubation or oxygen cannula, and to restore cardiac function by directly compressing the chest to pump out blood.

Implantable Cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) – Following immediate treatment or as a preventative measure, an ICD may be implanted in the chest of individuals with a very high risk for Ventricular Fibrillation. An ICD offers a sudden “punch” of an electric shock when the heart stops; thereby preventing sudden cardiac death.

Outcome

Individuals with Ventricular Fibrillation may be likely to have a very poor prognosis until treatment in a hospital. Even during survival, individuals may have a recurrence rate of up to 25%. Individuals that are revived in the emergency room after a span of delay may sustain permanent damage to the brain and may even lead to coma.

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