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What causes an electric shock - Current or Voltage?

When someone gets electrocuted, what kills them; a high Voltage or a high Electric current, and why?

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Possible duplicate: physics.stackexchange.com/q/36440/2451 –  Qmechanic Jan 16 '13 at 21:47
    
@Qmechanic Fair enough, you may close this as a duplicate. –  Ylyk Coitus Jan 16 '13 at 21:55
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The voltage itself doesn't do anything, it's the electric current that a high voltage can produce what kills you. A high current can disipate a lot of energy in your body (human body has low conductivity), and literally burns you.

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Yes but you will probably die of a heart attack, not burns, because the current disrupts the regulatory electrical impulses in your heart. See Wikipedia. –  Mark Mitchison Jan 16 '13 at 21:50
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