V-Fib: What it is and how to battle it
V-fib, VF, Ventricle Fibrillation. All these terms mean the same thing. A lethal rhythm that, if left untreated, will result in death. With quick action and a prepared rescuer, we can try to prevent death and hopefully, save a life. First lets explain what Vfib is.
Medical: Ventricle Fibrillation can be identified by it’s disorganized, chaotic and turbulent activity on an ECG. The ECG deflections will constantly change direction and shape. Typically, VF occurs in unhealthy hearts with ischemic heart disease (note this is not the only cause though).
Non-medical: V-fib looks like static on an ECG. It is irregularly-irregular. The rhythm’s QRS complexes are wide and tall or wide and short. Wide is the key. In VF, the heart is basically having a seizure. Think of an ECG of a patient having a seizure or moving around would look like. Remember, in VF, THIS PERSON IS DEAD. If they are moving, talking or breathing, they are not in Ventrical Fibrillation.
Be sure to look at our video section for an example of V-fib.
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