What are the most common arrhythmias requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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Loss of effective cardiac activity is generally due to the spontaneous initiation of a nonperfusing arrhythmia, sometimes referred to as a malignant arrhythmia. The most common nonperfusing arrhythmias include the following:

  • Ventricular fibrillation (VF)

  • Pulseless ventricular tachycardia (VT)

  • Pulseless electrical activity (PEA)

  • Asystole

  • Pulseless bradycardia

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