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why is an electrical shock delivered to correct abnormal heart rhythm?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Highly effective: It "sets the clock back to zero" so to speak. It synchronizes all the electrically conducting cells in the heart to begin their cycle at the same instant. It interrupts and stops abnormal rhythms. It doesn't hurt and there are generally no side effects so in that regard, it's better than medicines. The downside is that one must be put to sleep, albeit briefly, for it.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

What is the name of an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Cardioversion: Cardioversion. Commonly done for certain atrial fibrillation conditions.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct abnormal heart rhythms called?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Defibrillation: If it's a potentially fatal heart rhythm (eg ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation), it's called defibrillation. In this case, a large amount of energy is delivered directly to the heart to stop it so that the internal pacemaker can re-activate it to a (hopefully) normal rhythm. In all cases, CPR (chest compressions) are required as well.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the name of an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct certain abnormal heart rhythms called?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Cardiology 36 years experience
Cardioversion: Cardioversion is the name of the electric shock delivered to the heart to 'reset' abnormal heart rhythms or arrythmias.
A 29-year-old member asked:

Why does?An electrical shock delivered to the heart?Correct abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Jeff Kindred
Sports Medicine 14 years experience
Rebooting the system: Our heart works through electrical pathways. If these pathways get out of sync or mixed up then sometimes cardioversion or defibrillation a.K.A. "reboot of the system" can get the electricity back in sync.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can heart problems/racing heart make it difficult to breathe?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Yes: The heart and lungs work together and shortness of breath can result from pulmonary or cardiac or both . Please see a physician for further evaluation.

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