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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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What are the differences between asynchronous and synchronous cardioversion?

What are the differences between asynchronous and synchronous cardioversion?

Heart Cycle: 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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What is the difference between cardioversion and pacing?

What is the difference between cardioversion and pacing?

Cardioversion and pa: Cardioversion is usually a single large shock delivered to the heart during an arrhythmia to stop it and let it restart with a normal rhythm. Pacing is small shocks applied to restore normal timing to the cardiac events, especially when the intrinsic rate/rhythm are too slow. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cardioversion and TEE cardioversion?

TEE is separate test: A cardioversion is the procedure in which a shock is delivered to restore the heart to normal rhythm.

Sometimes a test called a TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) is performed before the cardioversion to look for clot in the heart, which would make it dangerous to proceed with the shock.

The TEE is an ultrasound test done from the esophagus to allow a close inspection of the heart. ...Read more

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What is difference between cardioversion and defibrillation?

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

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Is there a difference between cardioversion and defibrillation?

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 more

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What is the difference between cardioversion and defibrillation?

Cardiovert: Cardioversion is the process of converting an abnormal cardiac rhythm to normal. It encompasses any means of doing that.

Defibrillation is a subset of cardioversion. It is when a fibrillation rhythm, atrial or ventricular is converted to a more normal rhythm ...Read more

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What is the difference between cardioversion and transcutaneous pacing?

Transcutaneous pace: Cardioversion is the process of converting an abnormal cardiac rhythm to normal. It encompasses any means of doing that. Transcutaneous pacing is an electrical procedure to deliver a stimulus to the heart to make its rhythm follow the stimulus, the stimulus is delivered in this case thruogh the skin. ...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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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 disorders can cardioversion be used to treat?

Several: Cardioversion can convert most ventricular arrhythmias (i.e. Originating from bottom part of the heart) to normal rhythm, and several supraventricular (i.e. From top part of the heart). Atrial fibrillation is the most commonly cardioverted rhythm, with very high success rates. Other supraventricular rhythms (e.g. Psvt, atrial tachycardia, avnrt) can also be treated, though not as reliably. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the pros and cons of cardioversion?

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 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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What medications should you stop prior to a cardioversion?

What medications should you stop prior to a cardioversion?

Speak to your doctor: There are no medications that routinely must be stopped prior to cardioversion. However, in certain cases, your doctor might wish you to hold meds that control heart rates from going too fast, to minimize the risk of causing excessively slow heart rates once you are back in a normal rhythm. ...Read more

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What results can be expected from a successful cardioversion?

What results can be expected from a successful cardioversion?

Rhythm: For cardioversion from atrial fibrillation to normal sinus rhythm success would be restoration of normal conduction. Patient may notice decreased palpitations, less fatigue, less dizziness, less shortness of breath and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Will cardioversion help regulate my heartbeat?

Will cardioversion help regulate my heartbeat?

Convert not regulate: It hopefully will convert your abnormal heart rhythm back to normal, but to keep it there you may need medicine and avoidance of stimulants such as alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, illicit drugs and decongestants. ...Read more

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Define vigorous exercise after a cardioversion.

Define vigorous exercise after a cardioversion.

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 more

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What are the risks that exist during a cardioversion?

Cardioversion: Primary is stroke from dislodging clot from the left atrium., there is an risk from the sedation. ...Read more

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