VF is an arrhythmia involving the bottom chamber(s) of the heart and leads to a heart rate that is too fast, chaotic, and is lethal. VF can occur due to multiple causes including but not limited to coronary artery disease, heart failure due to other causes, genetic causes, and drugs.
What are the symptoms of VF?
The symptoms of VF may include chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness, fainting and will result in sudden cardiac death if not treated.
How is VF diagnosed?
VF is diagnosed based on the history, physical exam, ECG/EKG, and the results of heart monitoring.
How is VF treated?
VF is treated with emergent shocking of the heart back to a normal rhythm and also requires implantation of an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator. An implantable cardioverter-defibrillator is a device that is implanted within the heart and has the ability to treat and shock dangerous heart rhythms (like ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation) to help restore a normal rhythm.
To make an appointment with our Hannibal Regional cardiac electrophysiologist, please call (573) 629-3500.
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