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Ventricular Tachycardia and Asystole

Both Ventricular Tachycardia and Asystole are clinical descriptions of a medical emergency and relate to the following dysfunctions of the heart.  Both conditions may present at the emergency room with no appreciable pulse during direct examination.

  • Ventricular Tachycardia is defined as the rapid contraction of the ventricular heart muscle to more than 100 beats per minute. This inefficient pumping may not satisfactorily distribute the oxygenated blood in the body.
  • Asystole is defined as the cardiac standstill state that is signified by no cardiac output and no depolarization.

“Pre-Symptoms” of Ventricular Tachycardia and Asystole and Diagnosis

There are signs or symptoms that may be evident before Tachycardia to Asystole, both of which conditions suggest eminent or current cardiac arrest.  Pre-symptoms” may be similar in nature to other serious cardiac conditions. Learn more about the Symptoms” of Ventricular Tachycardia to Asystole and the Critical Diagnostic Evaluation.

Treatment and Outcome

Treatment and outcome depends upon the condition of individual at time of arrival to the emergency room. This includes a timely diagnosis, timely treatment, the heart’s response to treatment and the extent of damage to the heart, if the individual is required to be revived.   

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