Cardiac arrhythmias

Chapter

Abstract

  • More than a century ago, investigators demonstrated that large electrical stimuli can cause sudden cardiac arrest [1,2]. Direct electrical stimulation of the heart can cause ventricular fibrillation (VF), which is a rapid uncoordinated contraction of the heart muscle that causes a loss of blood flow to the heart, brain, and other tissues. VF rapidly leads to a loss of consciousness which is followed by death unless electrical defibrillation is performed within a few minutes. Many studies have been performed during the past century to investigate the different types and strengths of electrical stimuli that may initiate cardiac arrhythmias [3]. © 2009 Springer-Verlag US.
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13

  • 9780387854748
  • Start Page

  • 119
  • End Page

  • 131