Cardioversion is a medical procedure used to treat irregular heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, a condition also known as arrhythmia. Arrhythmia can prevent the heart from pumping enough blood to the rest of the body and eventually lead to a stroke, heart attack or cardiac arrest. Cardioversion helps restore a normal heartbeat through a noninvasive procedure.
Medication alone is often not enough to correct an arrhythmia. With cardioversion, an electric shock is sent to the heart to stop the abnormal rhythm and restart a normal one. This is done while the patient is under sedation, and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Most people can go home after the sedative wears off.
After Cardioversion Treatment
After a successful cardioversion, patients return home with a normal cardiac rhythm. Some patients may be required to take blood thinners to prevent stroke in the event that the arrhythmia recurs. Anti-arrhythmic drugs may also be prescribed to maintain a normal heart rhythm. The risk of complications from a cardioversion are very low.
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