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Is cardioversion risky? is it an established procedure?

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Dr. Francis Uricchio
Cardiology 38 years experience
Risk of stroke: Cardioversion is often performed for atrial fibrillation. There is a small risk of stroke as the heart is restored to a normal rhythm. This can be minimized either by adequate anticoagulation or transesophageal echocardiography prior to cardioversion.
Dr. Eric Toloza
Thoracic Surgery 30 years experience
Shocks the heart: Cardioversion is the process of shocking the heart, usually to get it to stop some type of arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat) and resume a regular heart beat ... If used when the heartbeat is regular, it can cause an arrhythmia that may be life-threatening, such as ventricular fibrillation ...

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