Definition of asystole in English:

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asystole

Pronunciation: /eɪˈsɪstəli/

noun

[mass noun] Medicine
A condition in which the heart ceases to beat.
Example sentences
  • She developed asystole, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation was performed for 20 minutes.
  • This was no easy arrest to manage, as the heart rhythm alternated between ventricular fibrillation and asystole.
  • A proportion of patients are unsuitable for defibrillation because their initial arrhythmia is asystole or pulseless electrical activity.

Derivatives

asystolic

Pronunciation: /eɪsɪsˈtɒlɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The practice of maintaining brain stem dead patients on mechanical ventilation until they become asystolic has largely ceased in the United Kingdom as a result of the clear guidelines of the royal colleges.
  • A 74-year-old man with a history of coronary artery disease was found in asystolic arrest and was brought to the emergency department at this hospital.
  • He notes that the increased myocardial oxygen consumption occurring with epinephrine may have harmful effects in patients with asystolic cardiac arrest.

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