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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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Why does the doctor sync with the R waves for sync cardioversion?

Why does the doctor sync with the R waves for sync cardioversion?

Safety: An electrical shock at the wrong time during the cardiac cycle can unduce ventricular fibrillation, a potentially life threatening dysrhythmia. Syncing the timing of the electrical discharge helps prevent this from occurring. ...Read more

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What is the role of the doctor in an elective cardioversion?

See Below: The doctor determines the suitability of the procedure by coordinating the indications and administers the procedure. ...Read more

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When should doctors use a synchronized cardioversion?

Synchronized version: When normal ventricular activty is present as in atrial tachycardias/atrial fibrillation we use synchronized cardioversion, also with regular ventricular tachycardia. We primarily use cardioversion without synchronization when ventricular fibrillation is present. ...Read more

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Can't tolerate amiodarone / multaq for AFib. Unbearable side effects. Been in rhythm with chemical cardioversion. Alternatives? ? My doc say no.

Can't tolerate amiodarone / multaq for AFib. Unbearable side effects.  Been in rhythm with chemical cardioversion. Alternatives? ? My
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Treatments for AFib: Electrohysiologists may be able to map your heart to find the foci which need to be ablated (ablation therapy)in order to stop the atrial fibrillation, since you are sensitive to medications. There are other medications which will control the rate of atrial fibrillation (such as old fashioned digitalis, slowing the rate, blocking it down, and calcium channel blockers which you might tolerate. ...Read more

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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

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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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Cardioversion wont work on me. Why?

Cardioversoin: Electrical cardioversion doesn't work in every situation and for instance atrial fibrillation with a very large left atrium is very difficult to cardiovert. Depends on what your situation is... ...Read more

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How is a cardioversion administered?

With paddles: The patient is sedated in preparation for the shock. Paddles are placed on the chest once the patient is asleep, and a properly timed shock is delivered to restore normal rhythm. Sedation is allowed to wear off. ...Read more

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