Continued breathing followed by gasping or apnea in a swine model of ventricular fibrillation cardiac arrest
AffiliationUniversity of Arizona Sarver Heart Center, Tucson, AZ, USA
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Department of Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA
Department of Anesthesiology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ, USA
Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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CitationZuercher et al. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2010, 10:36 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2261/10/36
JournalBMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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Abstractand the pattern of gasping was crescendo-decrescendo, as has been previously reported. In the absence of therapy, all ventilatory activity stopped 6 minutes after VF cardiac arrest.CONCLUSION:In our swine model of VF cardiac arrest, we documented that normal breathing continued for the first minute following cardiac arrest.
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