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Cardiovascular disease

Several small shocks beat one big one

Life-threatening abnormalities in the electrical rhythm of the heart are usually treated with the application of a large electric shock. An approach involving a significantly smaller shock energy may be equally effective. See Letter p.235

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Figure 1: Subtle defibrillation.


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Gray, R., Wikswo, J. Several small shocks beat one big one. Nature 475, 181–182 (2011).

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