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When lighting strikes

...takes only about one-hundredth of an ampere of electric current to stop the human heartbeat or send it into ventricular fibrillation, a dangerously chaotic rhythm. A typical lightning bolt carries 30,000 to 40,000 amps of direct current...
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Spouses dying close together has medical, social roots

...women than men. Fear, anger and severe anxiety can all trigger broken heart syndrome but heart attacks and ventricular fibrillation, or arrhythmic heart beats, can also result.Stress cardiomyopathy shows similar symptoms of a heart attack...
Red Wings' Fischer again treated at hospital

...experiencing ventricular tachycardia, a kind of racing heartbeat, or ventricular fibrillation, a heart fluttering. Both can cause death, and ventricular fibrillation is a common cause of sudden cardiac arrest. Fischer was diagnosed with...
Swimmer keeps defibrillator handy because of heart condition

...oxygen to the brain. If it doesn't get back to a normal rhythm, the heart can go into spasms that lead to ventricular fibrillation. The heart stops - and death follows within minutes without treatment. That's where the small, portable...
Age old question

...medical term for a heartbeat that's too fast. Bradycardia is the term for a heartbeat that's too slow. Ventricular fibrillation is a severe cardiac arrhythmia that can result in sudden cardiac death. It's a rapid, uncontrolled contraction...
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Co-workers save man's life

...else. "I didn't know anything in the world was wrong at all," Mr. Barrett said. What felled him was ventricular fibrillation, where the electrical conduction that keeps the heart beating steadily suddenly goes awry, and the large pumping...
In crisis, a doctor's gut instinct is often what matters

...who hoped to win a sports scholarship. But when paramedics arrived minutes later, Russell's heart was in ventricular fibrillation, a deadly abnormal heart rhythm. Then it abruptly stopped beating. Pulling out defibrillator paddles and...
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Window is minutes long for reversing cardiac arrest

...survival. Defibrillators for years have been used to reverse one of the most common types of cardiac arrest, ventricular fibrillation, by delivering an electric shock that kick-starts the heart back into syncopated rhythm. The rescuer fires...
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Gene found for sudden heart failure

...episodes are called "ventricular fibrillation" and kill more than 300...explanation, or "idiopathic" ventricular fibrillation. It's not clear how...common disorders that cause ventricular fibrillation. IVF is now treated by...
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