single pulse defibrillation

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single pulse defibrillation 


A self-explanatory term for therapeutic defibrillation that terminates ventricular tachyarrhythmias by delivering a single high voltage pulse across one pathway through the myocardium.

The single pulse format is less effective* than sequential defibrillation—which has the further advantage of requiring less energy.

*And little used in practice. 

Synonym Single pulse cardioversion 

Reference Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 1987 Oct;35(5):270-6.Medtronic Pacing Glossary, 1993 

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