What is an electrical cardioversion?
Cardioversion is a brief procedure where an electrical shock is delivered to the heart to convert an abnormal heart rhythm back to a normal rhythm. Most elective or "non-emergency" cardioversion's are performed to treat atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, which are heart rhythm disturbances originating in the upper chambers (atria) of the heart.
The patient is sedated and then an electric current is delivered with paddles to the heart. This procedure is done as an out-patient procedure at the hospital.
How do I prepare for the Cardioversion?
- DO NOT eat or drink after midnight.
- If you are on Coumadin, take Coumadin.
- If you are on insulin,take insulin.
- If you normally take them, DO NOT take Digoxin/Lanoxin.