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    Electrical Cardioversion

    Electrical Cardioversion is a procedure that reduces AFib symptoms. You may be recommended an EC if medications don’t adequately reduce your AFib symptoms.

    During an electrical cardioversion procedure, an electric current shocks the heart back into normal rhythm. Special pads are placed on the chest, or paddles are used to send short electric shocks to your heart. This method is used to treat persistent AFib and you will most likely be sent home a few hours after the procedure.

    What to Expect During your Visit

    • You may be prescribed blood thinning medication to ensure there are no blood clots in your heart chambers prior to the procedure.
    • You may also undergo a transesophageal echocardiogram prior to the EC so your doctor can view a detailed image of your heart.
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    Electrical Cardioversion

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Recovery time is fast and patients usually go home the same day as the procedure. Electrical cardioversion is very safe, however, there are always risks such as blood clots which can be moved to various parts of the body due to the procedure. These risks are extremely rare and can be avoided with proper precautions.

    The procedure itself takes about five minutes, however, recovery time can take about 45 minutes. Even though electrical cardioversion is an effective treatment, patients can receive the procedure again if symptoms return as it is safe to have the treatment multiple times. Recovery time is fast and patients usually go home the same day as the procedure.

    Electrical cardioversion is a procedure used to treat atrial fibrillation. This is performed by small electrodes being placed on the patient’s chest which are then connected to a defibrillator. The patient will be administered medication to fall asleep and the defibrillator will deliver a small shock to the heart, resetting it to normal rhythm.

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