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How is a cardioversion administered?

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Dr. Dipesh Pokharel
Cardiology 17 years experience
Depends: In emergeny, it is given as soon as possible to save life. During elective case, patient will be sedated and comfortable, before electric energy is delivered through pads on the chest wall. Most people do not have pain or remember the electric shock.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Cardiology 51 years experience
Cardioversion: Elective cardioversion usually takes a couple of hours with pre procedure, procedure and recovery from anesthesia. The actual electrical cardioversion is an instantaneous shock. The periprocedure and recovery is what takes the bulk of the time.
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiac Electrophysiology 19 years experience
With paddles: The patient is sedated in preparation for the shock. Paddles are placed on the chest once the patient is asleep, and a properly timed shock is delivered to restore normal rhythm. Sedation is allowed to wear off.

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Who can have cardioversion?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Lohanswered
Cardiology 49 years experience
Almost anyone: If there is any compromise in bp, consciousness, breathing, anyone can be cardioverted. If more chronic, then making sure there is a low probability of a clot inside the heart (that could be disrupted and cause an embolic event), sorting the need for prophylactic blood thinning to avoid a clot, making sure the atria (upper heart chambers) are not too large (reduced success) help select patients.

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