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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

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Dr. Matthew Whitbeck
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Digoxin (Definition)

It is a heart drug...A purified product of the foxglove plant. It has effects which include strengthening the contraction of the heart muscle, slowing conduction of the heart's electrical impulse through the av node and thereby helping to slow the heart rate during atrial fibrillation. Because of potential toxicity, its use has been largely replaced ...Read more


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Where is digoxin held before cardioversion?

Where is digoxin held before cardioversion?

Digoxin: Digoxin can cause some disturbances with electrical cardio version, we often stop the drug for a few days before depending on the situation. ...Read more

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What is digoxin's role before a cardioversion?

What is digoxin's role before a cardioversion?

Control Heart Rate: Digoxin is used, especially in cases of atrial fibrillation to control the heart rate, usually in conjunction with anticoagulation to thin the blood. Cardioversion might then be performed once improved heart rate control had been acheieved with the medications, or because the medications were not sucessful. ...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 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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What's next if cardioversion didn't work?

AF Ablation & Rx: Intracardia arrythmia ablation. This procedure is done by an electrophysiologist cardiologist. And if that doesn't work the heart rate can be controlled by medication plus a blood thinner. ...Read more

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What purpose is dc shock for cardioversion?

What purpose is dc shock for cardioversion?

Reset button: Enough current applied through the chest wall and into the heart will basically depolarize all of the heart muscle at once. As the heart electrically recovers, "normal" electrical activity has a chance to return - basically it resets the electrical activity of the heart. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of synchronized external cardioversion?

What is the meaning of synchronized external cardioversion?

Shock : This is a procedure using patches placed on the skin over your heart. A synchronized "shock" is given at a particular time during the heart beat. The ideas to reset an abnormal heart rhythm, and regain normal rhythm. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Lanoxicaps (Definition)

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Lanoxin (Definition)

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