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What does it feel like to be defibrillated

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
R upper & L lower: If using the chest only, you want to create an imaginary pathway between pads that captures the heart--so one right upper chest (below clavicle) other... Read More

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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jesus Yap
Cardiology 54 years experience
Yes : Yes but only when the tachycardia is fast and not tolerated . But the electric current has to be synchronized with the heart beat.This is most appropr... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 50 years experience
Almost anyone: If there is any compromise in bp, consciousness, breathing, anyone can be cardioverted. If more chronic, then making sure there is a low probability ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Radwaner
Cardiology 42 years experience
Less than 30 minutes: Sedation is given to the patient and an electrical shock is then given to cardiovert the heart back into a regular rhythym.This procedure usually is q... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Stern
Cardiology 47 years experience
Shock synchronized: The electric shock is synchronized to the heart beat to avoid shocking at the wrong time in the cycle which could make problems worse.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 37 years experience
Low Risk: This is a very low risk procedure if proceeded by a tee, transesophogael echocardiogram.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 56 years experience
Yes: There are complications of cardioversion such as stroke or rhythm problems that rarely could result in death.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 37 years experience
QRS: I think you mean 'synchronous'. Synchronous cardioversion is when the shock is delivered on the qrs portion of the heart cycle - it is when the heart ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 37 years experience
Flutter & AF: Mostly for flutter and atrial fibrillation.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 37 years experience
Restore: Restore regular heart rate and rhythm and to restore synchrony of the heart.