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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. Samuel Hahn
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Cardioversion (Definition)

Electrical conversion ...Read more


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How risky is a cardioversion?

How risky is a cardioversion?

Low Risk: This is a very low risk procedure if proceeded by a tee, transesophogael echocardiogram. ...Read more

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Is cardioversion risky? Is it an established procedure?

Is cardioversion risky? Is it an established procedure?

Shocks the heart: Cardioversion is the process of shocking the heart, usually to get it to stop some type of arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat) and resume a regular heart beat ... If used when the heartbeat is regular, it can cause an arrhythmia that may be life-threatening, such as ventricular fibrillation ... ...Read more

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Who can have cardioversion?

Who can have cardioversion?

Almost anyone: If there is any compromise in bp, consciousness, breathing, anyone can be cardioverted. If more chronic, then making sure there is a low probability of a clot inside the heart (that could be disrupted and cause an embolic event), sorting the need for prophylactic blood thinning to avoid a clot, making sure the atria (upper heart chambers) are not too large (reduced success) help select patients. ...Read more

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How long is a cardioversion?

Less than 30 minutes: Sedation is given to the patient and an electrical shock is then given to cardiovert the heart back into a regular rhythym.This procedure usually is quite guick lasting in total 30 minutes or less. Delivery of the shock takes 2 seconds and then waiting to see if the rhythym has converted from one shock or reguires several more takes time. Time is then needed for the patient to be fully awake. ...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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Can cardioversion result in death?

Can cardioversion result in death?

Yes: There are complications of cardioversion such as stroke or rhythm problems that rarely could result in death. ...Read more

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What is synchronized 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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