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What would cause mental status changes after a cardioversion?
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
6 doctors agree
In brief: A stroke
There is a risk of a clot getting loose from the heart and if it travels to the brain, a stroke could develop.
As medications used for anesthesia are rather short lived it would be unlikely that the medication would cause the mental status change except very transiently.

In brief: A stroke
There is a risk of a clot getting loose from the heart and if it travels to the brain, a stroke could develop.
As medications used for anesthesia are rather short lived it would be unlikely that the medication would cause the mental status change except very transiently.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Elden Rand
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends on timing
Patients will typically still be under effects of sedation after a cardioversion, duration depends on what sedation used.
This should improve and resolve, but may take several hours to totally resolve. Also, since cardioversion is done to convert a rhythm problem, most commonly atrial fibrillation, there would be a risk of a small clot leaving the heart and travelling up and causing a stroke.

In brief: Depends on timing
Patients will typically still be under effects of sedation after a cardioversion, duration depends on what sedation used.
This should improve and resolve, but may take several hours to totally resolve. Also, since cardioversion is done to convert a rhythm problem, most commonly atrial fibrillation, there would be a risk of a small clot leaving the heart and travelling up and causing a stroke.
Dr. Elden Rand
Dr. Elden Rand
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