Self-terminated ventricular fibrillation and recurrent syncope

Yuval Konstantino, Angela Morello, Peter J. Zimetbaum, Mark E. Josephson

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Ventricular fibrillation (VF) is a lethal arrhythmia that requires immediate cardioversion and is rarely self-terminating. Spontaneous termination is typically associated with more organized activation than sustained VF terminated by shock, but the precise mechanism is unclear. In the present case, we describe a patient with recurrent syncope and documented self-terminating VF, who ultimately underwent implantable cardioverter defibrillator insertion. Assessment of the rhythm strip revealed organization of a chaotic rhythm into monomorphic ventricular tachycardia before termination, in supportive of previous reports. In conclusion, self-terminating VF is a very rare condition that can cause syncope.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-640
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Cardiology
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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