Electrical cardioversion is a treatment
for a heartbeat that isn't normal, such as atrial fibrillation. It uses
a brief electric shock to reset your heart's rhythm.
treatment, you will get medicine to make you sleepy. You
should not feel any pain.
Your doctor will put patches
on your chest. Or you might get them on both your chest and back. They send a brief electric current
to your heart. In most cases, this restores the heart's normal rhythm right
Cardioversion itself takes about 5 minutes. But the
whole procedure will likely take about 30 to 45
minutes. That includes time to recover.
Abnormal heart rhythms sometimes come back after
the treatment. You may need to take medicines. These may help your heart keep its
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments,
and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know
your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
January 27, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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