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  • n. Absence of systole; failure of the heart to contract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A weakening or cessation of the contractile power of the heart.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, that condition in which a dilated and enfeebled heart remains continuously filled with blood on account of the inability of the left ventricle to discharge more than a small part of its contents. Also called asystolism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. absence of systole; failure of the ventricles of the heart to contract (usually caused by ventricular fibrillation) with consequent absence of the heart beat leading to oxygen lack and eventually to death


a- +‎ systole. (Wiktionary)


  • Other patients with less dramatic multi-organ system abnormalities have died from sudden cardiac asystole during the intermediate state of colchicine poisoning. 3

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  • If you expose a heart to a strong electrical shock, it will momentarily stop - called asystole (the disaster equivalent of 'bottoming out'), and then usually restart itself (the 'self-jump-start' process).


  • At that time he went into an asystole rhythm which is flat line.

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  • If an AED is applied and reads asystole (or some other non shock-able rhythm) it will (correctly) not fire.

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  • To wait until the last agonal breath though the monitor is asystole.

    Titrate until comfortable

  • The patient was in asystole -- which means no electrical output from the heart -- but the code team labored mightily, with CPR and everything else they do, and it worked.

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  • Once the decision to give ECT has been made and a starting date set, standard orders for the procedure should include treatment days and starting times, a prohibition against eating or drinking the day of treatment to avoid vomiting and aspiration, and atropine (0.6-1.0 mg IV) or glycopyrolate (0.2-0.4 mg IV) to be given immediately before treatment to minimize the risk of vagally mediated brady-rhythmias or asystole and to reduce bronchial secretions.

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  • Ventricular Tachycardia VT is an abnormal rapid heartbeat, which can be life-threatening because it may lead to ventricular fibrillation, asystole, and sudden cardiac death.

  • At one hospital, the technology resulted in an 89 percent reduction in false asystole alarms'' asystole refers to a state of no cardiac activity, compared with a traditional cardiac monitor, the company said in a written statement. Top Stories

  • Her hospital course included spontaneous pneumothoraces, hypotension requiring vasopressors, an episode of asystole, infection with RSS Feed for News Releases

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