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What is cardio version?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Electric shock: That is used to revert your heart to a regular rhythm.
Dr. John Wales
Emergency Medicine 43 years experience
Jolt of electricity: Cardioversion varies from life threatening emergency conditions in cases of ventricular fibrillation - called "defibrillation"-cases of cardiac arrest - to semi elective situations for conditions such as atrial fibrillation. In all such cases, the goal is to jolt your heart with an electric shock to re-establish a normal "sinus" rhythm.
Dr. Yaw Adjei-poku
Internal Medicine 13 years experience
Procedure : This is a procedure for patients suffering from an abnormal heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. An electrical impulse is used to momentarily stop the heart. The hope is when the heart starts up again it will be in a normal rhythm.

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