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Post-cardiac defibrillation


Alternative names

Cardiac defibrillation; Cardioversion

Definition

This is the state that exists after an individual has received cardiac defibrillation.

Cardiac defibrillation is a common emergency procedure. It is the process of stopping fibrillation (rapid, uncoordinated heart contraction) by delivering an electric shock to the heart with a machine (defibrillator).

After defibrillation, certain symptoms including amnesia (loss of memory) are common.

Update Date: 5/25/2002

Seth Keller, M.D., Division of Cardiology, Yale New Haven Medical Center, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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