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Cardiac Arrhythmias

  • Derek J. Dosdall
  • Raymond E. Ideker
Chapter

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].

Keywords

Sudden Cardiac Death Ventricular Fibrillation Transmembrane Potential Myocardial Necrosis Ectopic Beat 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, and PhysiologyUniversity of Alabama-BirminghamBirminghamUSA

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