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Is there a difference between cardioversion and defibrillation?

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Dr. Shahin Tavackoli answered

Specializes in Cardiology

Cardioversion encompasses defibrillation. Technically, if one is not in a fibrillating rhythm, the proper term for the act of delivering a shock to convert the rhythm back to normal is cardioversion, not defibrillation. In practice, the two terms are often used interchangeably however.

Answered Jun 6, 2015

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Dr. Brian Strizik answered

Specializes in

Technically yes, cardioversion is synchronized, defib is not.

Answered Aug 2, 2013

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Dr. Louise Andrew answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Cardioversion means using a stimulus to change the heart's beat from an abnormal rhythm to a normal one. Certain drugs can be used, or electricity, usually only a low voltage is required unless the abnormal rhythm is a very dangerous one called ventricular fibrillation. When the rhythm is ventricular fibrillation, usually more voltage (electricity) is needed, and it is called defibrillation.

Answered May 20, 2015

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Dr. Calvin Weisberger answered

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Cardioversion is the process of converting an abnormal cardiac rhythm to normal. It encompasses any means of doing that. Defibrillation is a subset of cardioversion. It is when a fibrillation rhythm, atrial or ventricular is converted to a more normal rhythm

Answered Mar 19, 2015

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