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What Are The Joules For Biphasic Defibrillator Cardioversion
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
100-360 J: First a couple of definitions: energy is usually expressed in joules (j). Watts are a measure of the rate of energy used, 1 watt = 1 joule/sec. Most external cardioversions use between 100 and 360 joules (or 100-360 watt-sec). Internal defibrillators deliver about 20-45 j. ...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
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