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Ventricular Fibrillation (VF)

When fast, random electrical impulses cause the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) to quiver instead of pumping correctly, it is called ventricular fibrillation (VF). This is a serious problem that usually occurs in people with heart disease or trauma. VF can be fatal if the heart isn't restored to a normal rhythm within minutes.

Symptoms

Treatment

If you or someone you know displays any of the above symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. If a person suffers a cardiac arrest due to VF, prompt resuscitation and defibrillation treatment (electrical shock) may help the heart to return to a normal rhythm and prevent sudden cardiac death.

UT Erlanger Cardiology
Erlanger Medical Mall
979 East 3rd Street
Suite C-520
Chattanooga, TN 37403
423-778-5661