Treatment of a heart attack in the home

Treatment of a heart attack in the home

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Credit: DAVID GUYON, THE BOC GROUP PLC/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY.

Caption: Treatment of a heart attack in the home: a portable defibrillator machine, manufactured by The BOC Group's Glasrock division in the U.S., is used to rectify the patient's heartbeat. A defibrillator delivers a controlled electric shock to the heart, necessitated in cases of cardiac arrest caused by ventricular fibrillation - the rapid & chaotic beating of the individual heart muscle fibres that prevents the heart from beating normally. Ventricular fibrillation most commonly results from myocardial infarction - the death of a section of heart muscle (a heart attack).

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Keywords: defibrillator, emergency treatment, healthcare, heart attack, medical, medicine, treatment of

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