V-Fib


V-fib or ventricular fibrillation is a condition that could have serious consequences. Today it seems like there are many different health conditions that you need to look out for. It can be overwhelming and you may not be sure which ones to take more seriously. One of the ones that you absolutely must pay attention to is ventricular fibrillation. Thankfully, with a little bit of education you will know what to look for to ensure that you do not run into trouble with it. Ventricular fibrillation is a terminology used to describe an abnormal rhythm of the heart. What you must keep in mind is that it is a severe abnormality.

You may also hear as an arrhythmia. The important thing to realize is that no matter what you call it can be life threatening.


You develop ventricular fibrillation in the bottom chambers of your heart. When that area of your heart starts to experience a quivering of its muscle fibers the blood is not properly removed from the heart; this can lead to a heart attack. However, those are not the only conditions that it can bring about. You may develop cardiomyopathy, which is a disease of the heart muscle, congenital heart disease, or ischemia. Surprisingly most people who develop ventricular fibrillation do not usually display a history of heart disease, but they may present other risk factors like high blood pressure or a history of smoking.


Symptoms

To know that you have a problem you need to know what to look for. One of the most disturbing things about V-fib is that it could cause you to faint suddenly. Typically, about an hour before this collapse you will display symptoms like nausea, fast heart beat, not breathing well or dizziness. If you start to notice any of these symptoms, you want to seek medical attention immediately. The sooner that you get to a doctor, the more likely he or she can help.


Treatment

More often than not the best way to get fast medical attention for ventricular fibrillation is to simply call 911. Often doctors have to use a defibrillator to get the heart back into a regular rhythm. After that, you may be prescribed specific medications to help keep your heart beating steadily or even have to undergo surgery. For some patients an ICD or implantable cardioverter defibrillator will be implanted. This device helps to keep your heart beating steadily for years.

If you take good care of your body and keep yourself in good overall health you do reduce your risk of developing V-fib.


By eating healthy you can greatly reduce your chances of developing this kind of condition.


Additionally, if those around you are trained in CPR you have a substantially better shot at making it through a VF episode all right.

 










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