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How long is a cardioversion?

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Dr. Bradley Radwaner
Cardiology 41 years experience
Less than 30 minutes: Sedation is given to the patient and an electrical shock is then given to cardiovert the heart back into a regular rhythym.This procedure usually is quite guick lasting in total 30 minutes or less. Delivery of the shock takes 2 seconds and then waiting to see if the rhythym has converted from one shock or reguires several more takes time. Time is then needed for the patient to be fully awake.
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.

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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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