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How effective is cardioversion for helping af?

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Dr. Charles Jost
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Effective

If the patient is an appropriate candidate: symptomatic, af unresolvable by medication only, other medical factors the cardiologist will consider, then yes, cardioversion is effective for regaining normal sinus rhythm. Like all therapies, it is not 100% effective and must be evaluated for each individual patient.

In brief: Effective

If the patient is an appropriate candidate: symptomatic, af unresolvable by medication only, other medical factors the cardiologist will consider, then yes, cardioversion is effective for regaining normal sinus rhythm. Like all therapies, it is not 100% effective and must be evaluated for each individual patient.
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Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
Cardiology - Cardiac Electrophysiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: A good start

Cardioversion is a great first step in managing AF.
The procedure is generally very low risk and is highly effective at restoring normal rhythm. The hard part is maintaining normal rhythm. The heart tends to want to go back into AF without rhythm controlling medications or elimination of the trigger for AF (such as excess alcohol, uncontrolled blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.).

In brief: A good start

Cardioversion is a great first step in managing AF.
The procedure is generally very low risk and is highly effective at restoring normal rhythm. The hard part is maintaining normal rhythm. The heart tends to want to go back into AF without rhythm controlling medications or elimination of the trigger for AF (such as excess alcohol, uncontrolled blood pressure, sleep apnea, etc.).
Dr. Ilyas Colombowala
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Cardioversion

The shorter the duration of atrial fibrillation the more effective cardioversion is at converting the rhythm. When underlying cardiac pathology like mitral insufficiency or stenosis is present, keeping the patient out of atrial fibrillation or converting the rhythm is quite problematic.

In brief: Cardioversion

The shorter the duration of atrial fibrillation the more effective cardioversion is at converting the rhythm. When underlying cardiac pathology like mitral insufficiency or stenosis is present, keeping the patient out of atrial fibrillation or converting the rhythm is quite problematic.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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