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Can Cardioversion Result In Death
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
What additional measures to cardioversion may be necessary to prevent death and complications from cardiovascular causes?
Correct risk factors: Cardioversion is to correct a heart rhythm problem. To prevent heart attack and death you need to deal with your risk factors. Some of these are smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, overweight, stress, lack of exercise, and a high cholesterol. Treatment of those conditions with medication or modifying your life style can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Back 2 normal rhythm: Successful cardioversion, by delivering electrical energy externally to the heart, should interrupt the abnormal rhythm, and "reset" the heart's rhythm by allowing the usual route of electricity generation/transmission to take over again. Any symptoms caused by the irregular rhythm (palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pressure, dizziness) should immediately vanish at that point. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Timed shock: This is a cardioversion (shock) given to the heart that is timed to a certain point in the cardiac cycle so that the heart rhythm can be reset without causing further rhythm problems. This is the most common type of shock delivered for rhythms such as atrial fibrillation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Complex: I'm assuming you are referring to cardioversion for af. The benefits of cardioversion are the restoration of normal rhythm. The risks are: (1) stroke (must be anticoagulated before the procedure) (2) won't work (many patients will go back into af either immediately or over time; meds may help this) (3) pain (short, general anesthesia is usually used). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Effective: If the patient is an appropriate candidate: symptomatic, af unresolvable by medication only, other medical factors the cardiologist will consider, then yes, cardioversion is effective for regaining normal sinus rhythm. Like all therapies, it is not 100% effective and must be evaluated for each individual patient. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A stroke: There is a risk of a clot getting loose from the heart and if it travels to the brain, a stroke could develop. As medications used for anesthesia are rather short lived it would be unlikely that the medication would cause the mental status change except very transiently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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