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Doctor insights on: Cardioversion Vs Ablation

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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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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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Can I have cardioversion for paroxsysmal AF if I had a pacemaker? Or should I have ablation?

Can I have cardioversion for paroxsysmal AF if I had a pacemaker? Or should I have ablation?

Either procedure is: safe for you with a pacemaker but you will need to review your history of treatment for afib with your health care provider to decide which one or both are appropriate for your management. ...Read more

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Which is better for an atrial flutter: cardioversion or ablation?

Which is better for an atrial flutter: cardioversion or ablation?

Define better please: What does better mean? Initial atrial flutter ablation success rates run around 80-85%. This for the typical flutter variety. A form of atrial flutter called atypical atrial flutter has a much lower success rate. But ablation is invasive, meaning there is inherent risk such as perforation of the heart, pericardial effusion, need for permanent pacemaker implantation, etc. Such risks are very rare ...Read more

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Is cardioversion or ablation more effective for treating an atrial flutter?

Cardioversion/ablati: Cardioversion is used to treat individual episodes if they don't recurr frequency, if chronic or recurrent atrial flutter is present, then ablation attempts to prevent the rhythm from recurring long term hopefully permanently. ...Read more

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Do you think Atrial Fibrillation would improve with an ablation? Only remedy so far is cardioversion

Do you think Atrial Fibrillation would improve with an ablation? Only remedy so far is cardioversion

Yes: RF ablation for atrial fibrillation and/or atrial flutter in good hands ought to be curative. Factors that determine success: electrophysiologists experience and record of success, duration of AF; size and function of Left atrium. Good luck! ...Read more

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My father has persistent afib despite cardioversion and medication. What are some complications to take into consideration with ablations?

My father has persistent afib despite cardioversion and medication. What are some complications to take into consideration with ablations?

See below: The most common complication is recurrent AF despite successful ablation. A 2nd procedure will improve the odds but not to 100%. Pulmonary vein stenosis is a rare but serious complication which can be helped with percutaneous dilitation. Cardiac perforation with tamponade is very rare but potentially dangerous if unrecognized. Despite the above, the vast majority of patients do very well. ...Read more

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I have had cryo-ablation three cardioversions and still Afib, Now want to do an ablation with heat and start tikosyn. would a pacemaker be better?

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
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I have had cryo-ablation three cardioversions and still Afib, Now want to do an ablation with heat and start tikosyn.  would a pacemaker be better?

2nd opinion: Believe it is time for you to get a 2nd opinion to find out what may be a better option for you given that 3 attempts on ablation have failed. ...Read more

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What is a sync cardioversion?

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 more

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Cardioversion wont work on me. Why?

Cardioversoin: Electrical cardioversion doesn't work in every situation and for instance atrial fibrillation with a very large left atrium is very difficult to cardiovert. Depends on what your situation is... ...Read more

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How is a cardioversion administered?

With paddles: The patient is sedated in preparation for the shock.

Paddles are placed on the chest once the patient is asleep, and a properly timed shock is delivered to restore normal rhythm.

Sedation is allowed to wear off. ...Read more

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What is the function of an cardioversion?

What is the function of an cardioversion?

Restore: Restore regular heart rate and rhythm and to restore synchrony of the heart. ...Read more

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How many watts are used for cardioversion?

How many watts are used for cardioversion?

Cardioversion: We generally administer electrical cardioversion in watt-seconds or joules. For afib we usually use a synchronized shock of 100-200 watt-seconds, depending on patient size and other factors. For vfib at least 200 watt-seconds. Modern systems use a biphasic system. ...Read more

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How effective is cardioversion in helping af?

A good start: Cardioversion is a great first step in managing AF. The procedure is generally very low risk and is highly effective at restoring normal rhythm.

The hard part is maintaining normal rhythm. The heart tends to want to go back into AF without rhythm controlling medications or elimination of the trigger for AF (such as excess alcohol, uncontrolled blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.). ...Read more

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How effective is cardioversion for helping af?

How effective is cardioversion for helping af?

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 more

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What are the steps of an elective cardioversion?

What are the steps of an elective cardioversion?

Check list: I'm assuming this is for atrial fib? Full anticoagulation for at least 4 weeks. Nothing by mouth 4 hours before. Pads and monitor leads placed on chest and/or back. Iv line secured. Iv sedation. Synchronized cardioversion. Supervision till awake. Home. ...Read more

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Why would a patient need a cardioversion?

Symptomatic arrhythm: Symptomatic arrhythmia, including vt, afib, aflutter, or even svt. ...Read more

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Is DC cardioversion induce ST elevation or not?

Cardioversion: Usually DC Cardioversion does not cause ST elevation if the Cardioversion is in a heart not inflamed or infarcted. Having said that, ST segment elevation could occur if the heart is injured by the current. ...Read more

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How serious is SVT if someone had chemical cardioversion?

How serious is SVT if someone had chemical cardioversion?

Not usually serious: That type of rhythm problem is usually more of a nusance than serious. It can at times be hard to treat as far as preventing recurrences but except for the nusance aspect is usually pretty benign. It would be helpful to know the exact mechaism of the rhythm problem and the heart rate in answering your question. ...Read more

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Why is a stress test administered after a dc cardioversion?

Why is a stress test administered after a dc cardioversion?

It depends: It is not typical to require a stress test after a cardioversion. Sometimes it is important to evaluate for possible underlying causes of a rhythm problem including coronary artery disease. At other times, it is important to evaluate for possible side effects to antiarrhythmic drugs via stress testing. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Cardioversion (Definition)

Electrical conversion ...Read more