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Re: How many volts/amps does it take to make a heart beat?

Date: Tue May 2 15:56:41 2000
Posted By: Dmitri Leonoudakis, Grad student, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Neuroscience Research Institute
Area of science: Cell Biology
ID: 952727164.Cb

A shock of 30-40 amps is optimal for both atrial and ventricular heart
defribrillation.  This is the amount of current required to jump-start the
-Zipes and Jalfe, "Cardiac Electrophysiology", 1990, pp. 956.


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