Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a severe arrhythmia causing rapid, erratic electric impulses. It can be life threatening. During VF, blood is not pumped from the heart resulting in sudden cardiac death.
The most common cause of VF is a heart attack. However, VF can occur whenever the heart muscle does not get enough oxygen. Conditions that can lead to VF include:
The following symptoms can occur shortly before a patient experiences VF:
Ventricular fibrillation is always diagnosed in an emergency situation. A Deborah Specialty Physician will know if a patient is in VF based on results from:
To find out what caused ventricular fibrillation, additional tests may be ordered, including: