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IEVref:891-02-75ID:
Language:enStatus: Standard
Term: vulnerable period
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Definition: portion of a cardiac cycle during which a fibrillation, in particular a ventricular fibrillation, can be triggered, especially by an electric current of sufficient magnitude

NOTE – The vulnerable period includes approximately one tenth to one fifth of the T-wave of the electrocardiogram and corresponds to the repolarization of cardiac cells that are in an inhomogeneous and hyper-excitable state.


Publication date:1998-02
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