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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 21 years experience
Cardioversion: Cardioversion. Commonly done for certain atrial fibrillation conditions.
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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 37 years experience
Cardioversion: Cardioversion is the name of the electric shock delivered to the heart to 'reset' abnormal heart rhythms or arrythmias.
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What is an electrical shock delivered to the heart to correct abnormal heart rhythms called?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 18 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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