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(dē-fĭb′rə-lāt′, -fī′brə-)
tr.v. defibril·lated, defibril·lating, defibril·lates
To stop the fibrillation of (a heart) and restore normal contractions through the use of drugs or an electric shock.

de·fib′ril·la′tion n.
de·fib′ril·la′tive adj.
de·fib′ril·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
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Q. Does anyone know if its possible to get breast implants if i have an implanted defibrillator? I have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. I'm 27 and in great health, I workout 6 days a week and I have no further symptoms.

A. Thanks for your help. In fact I have an appointment with my cardiologist in a couple of weeks and if he says its OOK I will definitely consult it with the plastic surgeon as well. However I always try to do some additional research on my own and get second opinions.
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Even so, Ideker notes that "it only takes 50 milliamps of current to throw a healthy beating heart into fibrillation, but to defibrillate you need 10 amps, or 200 times as much current, to bring it back to a normal rhythm."
Documentation of DFT efficacy provides the system's ability to sense, detect, and defibrillate ventricular fibrillation (VF).
The doctor in charge said we would defibrillate once more before pronouncing him dead.
"We were able to open his airway and defibrillate him within a minute or so."
Although there remain concerns that defibrillation doses intended for adults may result in myocardial damage in children, on balance the risk of defibrillating children outweighs the risk of failing to defibrillate them, said Dr.
Fully automatic AEDs immediately defibrillate any shockable rhythm that is detected.
Once the AED's two electrode patches are attached to the victim's chest, the AED's computer instructs bystanders when to perform CPR and when to push the "defibrillate" button.
A tracing is shown, and the user responds by entering orders, for example, "Epinephrine 1 mg IV," "Defibrillate 200." The program is an excellent review for ACLS; it is well designed, easy to use, and as merciless as ACLS instructors when the user deviates from the protocol.
Thankfully, you won't be hauling your wallet into intensive care at a time of year when most of us need to defibrillate our finances.
Luckily, I came round seconds before my other half began attempting to defibrillate me with the business end of a George Foreman Lean, Mean Fat-Reducing Grill.
"What happens when you defibrillate a heart," Chief O'Donnell said, "is that is when the heart is in fibrillation, it's shaking; the chambers aren't firing in a coherent pattern.