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Developed arythmia 18 months ago. Didn't have insurance at the time, so I let it go. Was still able to run, play soccer, swim. My Prime care physician recommended cardioversion....but that failed twice. Finally, Oct 1st of 2014, I had a 6 1/2 hour ablatio

Developed arythmia 18 months ago. Didn't have insurance at the time, so I let it go. Was still able to run, play soccer, swim. My Prime care physician recommended cardioversion....but that failed twice. Finally, Oct 1st of 2014, I had a 6 1/2 hour ablatio

Happy to help but: Can you try to focus in on the question but limited too much information, as otherwise it's unclear as to exactly what your question is. If you feel like it is rather complex, consider a formal consultation through HealthTap Prime. ...Read more

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Cardioversion (Definition)

Electrical conversion ...Read more


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Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Atleast 3-4 times a week when I wake up my hearts racing at well over 100 bpm. What causes this?

Palpitations: You are having palpitations, which can be caused by many things, including thyroid issues, anxiety, arrhythmias, caffeine, hypoglycemia, among many other things. You need to be evaluated both with blood tests and possibly with a 24 hour monitor called a holter monitor to see what the heart is doing during these episodes from an electrical standpoint. ...Read more

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When in the heart cycle is the shock delivered during cardioversion?

When in the heart cycle is the shock delivered during cardioversion?

Sync or non-sync: It depends whether it is synchronous or asynchronos. Synchronous is when the shock is delivered on the qrs portion of the heart cycle - it is when the heart depolarises. Asynchronous cardioversion can occur anywhere on the heart cycle. ...Read more

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Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

Can cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rate and rhythm?

It can : Cardioversion can be used to correct an abnormal rhythm such as atrial fibrillation. Sometimes, however, the procedure does not correct the situation. In such cases, medications may be necessary. ...Read more

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Is it possible that cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rythm due to prolonged pr interval?

Is it possible that cardioversion correct an abnormal heart rythm due to prolonged pr interval?

In general no: If the heart rhythm problem is any type of heart block (first degree av block, second degree av block, or complete heart block), cardioversion won't help. Having said that, certain types of cardiac rhythm problem (such as atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (avnrt)) can in rare cases look like a fast heart rhythm with a long pr interval. These a cardioversion could correct. ...Read more

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Should all heart tachycardias with rates over 150 have synchronized cardioversion as soon as possible?

Should all heart tachycardias with rates over 150 have synchronized cardioversion as soon as possible?

No not all: It depends on how the person is tolerating the rhythm; are they hypotensive, or in CHF or having chest pain? If so then there is no time to waste and if it is an non sinus rhytm then cardioversion chemically or electrically may be indicated. In a new born it may be a normal heart rate. ...Read more

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Sir i m patient of af . Medical cardioversion was done on 22/7/12. Now i m fine but some times i feel disturbance of heart beat which continue for hrs?

Paroxysmal AF: You probably still has paroxysmal or intermittent af and requires further monitoring by holter monitor or event recorder. Notify your doctor as you may need treatment to prevent recurrent attacks and other treatment such as anti coagulant. ...Read more

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Non obstructive coronaries-largest 50%. Issue with these results? Only non related heart issue is a-fib, currently in rhythm after 2nd cardioversion.

Need to see report.: It's not possible to understand the context of the test results in this forum. I would suggest using HealthTap Prime to upload the report / images showing the "non-obstructive coronaries", or asking the doctor who ordered the test. To what does the "largest 50%" refer? Was there a papaverine infusion? arterial spasm? I can't understand the finding, but I'm glad the cardioversion worked for you. ...Read more

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Could you get electro cardioversion without anasthesia, to save money. Bad heart.?

Could you get electro cardioversion without anasthesia, to save money. Bad heart.?

Yes: The anesthesia makes the procedure tolerable. The shock can be quite painful. We give anesthesia that's very short acting so you don't remember it. I would not want to have it without it. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could somebody get electro cardioversion without anasthesia, to save money. Bad heart.?

Not really: A cardioversion without any sedation can be quite a horrifying experience. They apply pads to your chest and run current through it to put the heart in a normal rhythm. The chest muscle will tighten and it can be quite painful. I guess anything is possible if you are really determined; during the civil war they used to cut a leg off at the hip without anesthesia; but that's not what we do today... ...Read more

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I am back in AF on Flec. My consultant wont do a cardioversion. He says my heart is suitable and I haven't had one. Why, as he is difficult to talk to?

I am back in AF on Flec. My consultant wont do a cardioversion. He says my heart is suitable and I haven't had one. Why, as he is difficult to talk to?

Depending on pattern: Is this you first time back in AF? If your have been well controlled on Flecainide and have not required cardioversion in past, I would consider cardioversion. If you have had recurrent bouts and multiple cardioversions in the past, rate control and coumadin (warfarin) may be best. However, if you have bothersome symptoms you should talk with your doctor about options, including ablation and/or a new med. ...Read more

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How long to artificial hearts last?

How long to artificial hearts last?

Lvad survival: Survival of patients with LVADs is about 70% at 1 year, and 60% at 2 years. While the pumps may function indefinitely, patients may develop progression of other diseases or complications which limit survival. These devices are relatively new so long term data is still being gathered. The longest support on record in the US is 6 years. ...Read more

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How to mend a broken heart?

How to mend a broken heart?

An Age Old Question: The topic of many poems, sonnets, and songs, to which there is no easy answer. Try to occupy your life with the good things-friends, activities, and other healthy endeavors. A broken heart heals in time. ...Read more

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How to heal a broken heart?

How to heal a broken heart?

Time and prayer: I am sorry for your hurt. It is generally helpful to talk to a friend or trusted family member. Please remember that it will get better and you need to keep busy. It would be good to participate in your family's holiday activities. Prayer is more helpful than is usually realized. Wishing you a speedy recovery, a happy new year and happiness always! ...Read more