What is the treatment for asystole?
The advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) 2010 guidelines allow vasopressin 40 IU IV as a 1-time dose treatment option in VF and asystole. This treatment can be given either before epinephrine or after the first dose of epinephrine.
Treatment. PEA is treated much like asystole. It is not a shockable rhythm because the electrical system in the heart is actually working properly. Shocking the patient is done to 'reset' the heart's rhythm, but the problem in PEA isn't in the conduction of electrical stimuli in the heart.
- Doctors also restore regular rhythms by sending an electrical shock to the heart. This is called electrical cardioversion. Arrhythmias may prevent blood from circulating properly to your heart and brain. Most often, doctors use cardioversion to treat a fast, irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.
- Description. Defibrillation - is the treatment for immediately life-threatening arrhythmias with which the patient does not have a pulse, ie ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT). Cardioversion - is any process that aims to convert an arrhythmia back to sinus rhythm.
- Supraventricular tachycardia, or SVT, is far different than the rhythms discussed above, which originate in the ventricles. The shock that is delivered in cardioversion for SVT is synchronized to occur at a precise time, one that avoids the vulnerable refractory period which could cause ventricular fibrillation.
Asystole may be treated with 1 mg epinephrine by IV every 3–5 minutes as needed. Survival rates in a cardiac arrest patient with asystole are much lower than a patient with a rhythm amenable to defibrillation; asystole is itself not a "shockable" rhythm.
- After many emergency treatments have been applied but the heart is still unresponsive, it is time to consider pronouncing the patient dead. Even in the rare case that a rhythm reappears, if asystole has persisted for fifteen minutes or more, the brain will have been deprived of oxygen long enough to cause brain death.
- The advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) 2010 guidelines allow vasopressin 40 IU IV as a 1-time dose treatment option in VF and asystole. This treatment can be given either before epinephrine or after the first dose of epinephrine.
- Medically, a “flat-line” is known as asystole, meaning no (heart) contraction. It might seem common sense that if there is no contraction you might want to contract it with a shock. The truth about why this will never “restart” the heart lies in how the heart creates its life giving beat.
Treatment of Ventricular Fibrillation (VF) and Pulseless Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) is included in the Cardiac Arrest Algorithm. VF and pulseless VT are shockable rhythms and treated in similar fashion. Asystole and PEA are also included in the cardiac arrest algorithm but are nonshockable rhythms.
- The two "shockable" rhythms are ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia while the two "non–shockable" rhythms are asystole and pulseless electrical activity.
- Atrial fibrillation can lead to serious complications, some far more frequent than sudden cardiac death — for instance, it is a leading cause of stroke and heart disease. But in most cases, if you are properly treated and closely monitored by your doctor, afib is not a life-threatening condition, Nguyen says.
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Updated: 6th October 2019