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If your heart has an irregular beat (arrhythmias), cardioversion is a way to restore a regular rhythm.
There are two kinds of cardioversion: pharmacologic (chemical) and electrical. Pharmacologic cardioversion can bring back a regular heartbeat with medicine. Electrical cardioversion restores regular rhythms by sending a painless electrical shock to the heart.
Most often, doctors use cardioversion to treat a fast, irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.
Presbyterian Heart and Vascular Care has a skilled electrophysiology team who can provide a wide range of cardiac rhythm treatments. Their electrophysiology cardiologists are trained in many different techniques and procedures, many of which can provide you with a shorter recovery period and the opportunity to recover at home.
Cardioversion is for patients with abnormal heartbeats, including atrial flutter, atrial tachycardia, and ventricular tachycardia.
Cardioversion is also used in emergencies for people who suffer sudden life-threatening arrhythmias.
Most often, doctors use cardioversion to treat a fast, irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation. Arrhythmias may be life-threatening if they prevent blood from circulating properly to the heart and brain.
Doctors and nurses perform cardioversion in a hospital or clinic.
If medicines bring back your normal rhythm, you may not need electrical cardioversion. If you need electrical cardioversion, it may be done right away or scheduled for another day.
During electrical cardioversion:
You can usually go back to your normal activities soon after cardioversion, using only medicines.
After electrical cardioversion:
The skin on your chest and back may be irritated where the paddles were placed for a few days. Ask your doctor about creams or medicines that can help.