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Defibrillation Vs Cardioversion
Voltage: Cardioversion means using a stimulus to change the heart's beat from an abnormal rhythm to a normal one. Certain drugs can be used, or electricity, usually only a low voltage is required unless the abnormal rhythm is a very dangerous one called ventricular fibrillation. When the rhythm is ventricular fibrillation, usually more voltage (electricity) is needed, and it is called defibrillation. ...Read more
Yes: Cardioversion encompasses defibrillation. Technically, if one is not in a fibrillating rhythm, the proper term for the act of delivering a shock to convert the rhythm back to normal is cardioversion, not defibrillation. In practice, the two terms are often used interchangeably however. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am in sinus rhythm with Flecainide. I really don't want it long term. Could I come of it, go back into AF and then have an electrical cardioversion?
Yes: You can stop flecainide anytime but consult with your MD first as there are options. you can take loading dose of Flecainide if you go back to a fib and if it does not convert back to sinus,then you can have a cardioversion. I assume you are receiving anticoagulation .if atrial fib is very bothersome when it happens,you can be a candidate for ablation Or if you feel ok with it you can stay in AF ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Vigorous exercise: I can't be 100% sure of what you are trying to get at so I am going to assume that someone was told not to do vigorous exercise following cardioversion. That being said, there is no formal guideline on this subject as far as i know. Your doctor decides what kind and how "vigorous" exercise can be after you are converted. I am used to patients being generally allowed to get back to business. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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