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My mom is now in afib again. doctors want to do a cardiac conversion tomorrow shock her i guess. now remember she has copd, chf and is a diabetic with fluids around lungs and organs. how serious is this procedure? should i be present for the conversion? i

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gutti Rao
Hospital-based practice 47 years experience
Relatively safe: Intractable a. Fib are treated with cardioversion. It is relatively safe. They usually give a sedative to make them comfortable.
Dr. Dennis Clifford
A Verified Doctoranswered
44 years experience
Cardioversion safe: The procedure called cardioversion is safe and may actually really help her current condition. Usually an anesthesiologist is present to provide sedation and comfort. When the heart can be in a regular rhythm it performs more efficiently and some of her CHF can improve.
Dr. Sergio Cossu
Cardiology 34 years experience
Cardioversion safe: A cardioversion is a procedure used to restore sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation. It is usually a safe procedure performed with minimal anesthesia, usually versed or propofol. The key important thing is that she has been on blood thinners for an appropriate period of time to prevent a stroke. Sometimes antiarrhythmic medication is administered afterwards to maintain sinus rhythm.

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