A 37-year-old member asked:
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why does?an electrical shock delivered to the heart?correct abnormal heart rhythms?

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Dr. Jeff Kindred
13 years experience Sports Medicine
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.
Answered on Jan 23, 2014
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