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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 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 is the success rate of cardioversion with medication for arythmia ?

What is the success rate of cardioversion with medication for arythmia ?

Underlying issues: The success of cardioversion, whether electrical or with medication, depends on the physical condition of the heart as well as the severity of any other conditions such as heart/lung disease or diabetes. ...Read more

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After an episode of AF stopped by cardioversion, she has been given diltiazem. Will it stop further episodes of AF? Is it safe to take with irbesartan

After an episode of AF stopped by cardioversion, she has been given diltiazem. Will it stop further episodes of AF? Is it safe to take with irbesartan

Atrial fibrillation: 3 main strategies for AF: 1) medicines like diltiazem or beta blockers to control the heart rate from going fast in AF. These drugs do not prevent AF; they are generally safe but can lower BP and so may need to adjust other pills. 2) antiarrhythmic drugs (such as amiodarone, flecainide, dofetilide, and others) to prevent AF. 3) an ablation procedure to attempt to prevent AF ...Read more

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My father has persistent afib despite cardioversion and medication. What are some complications to take into consideration with ablations?

See below: The most common complication is recurrent AF despite successful ablation. A 2nd procedure will improve the odds but not to 100%. Pulmonary vein stenosis is a rare but serious complication which can be helped with percutaneous dilitation. Cardiac perforation with tamponade is very rare but potentially dangerous if unrecognized. Despite the above, the vast majority of patients do very well. ...Read more

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Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the cardioversion?

Is there something they will give me for anxiety when i'm doing the cardioversion?

Cardioversion: You should be heavily sedated for a brief period of time or asleep completely for the procedure. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have cardioversion for inaproppriate sinus tachycardia? I'm at desperate measures to be cured!

Is it possible to have cardioversion for inaproppriate sinus tachycardia? I'm at desperate measures to be cured!

Cardioversion: If it is really a sinus tachycardia, it is unlikely to work by our present understanding. If its an ectopic that looks like sinus, maybe. I presume you've seen an electro physiologist about your state. ...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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