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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. Marvin Ott
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Defibrillator (Definition)

Defibrillation is a common treatment for life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias, ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Defibrillation consists of delivering a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart with a ...Read more


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What are the joules for biphasic defibrillator cardioversion?

What are the joules for biphasic defibrillator cardioversion?

360 or less: The new biphasic defibrillator can be used to deliver up to 360 joules. This is used for heavy patients or refractory arrythmias. ...Read more

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How long is a cardioversion?

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?

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 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 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?

Back 2 normal rhythm: Successful cardioversion, by delivering electrical energy externally to the heart, should interrupt the abnormal rhythm, and "reset" the heart's rhythm by allowing the usual route of electricity generation/transmission to take over again. Any symptoms caused by the irregular rhythm (palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pressure, dizziness) should immediately vanish at that point. ...Read more

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Dr. Samuel Hahn
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Cardioversion (Definition)

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