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Cardioversion is a medical procedure to restore an irregular or fast heartbeat to a normal rhythm. An irregular or fast heartbeat is known as arrhythmia. Arrhythmias prevent your heart from pumping sufficient blood into your body. They also increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and sudden cardiac arrest.
Right candidate for cardioversion
Your doctor would suggest cardioversion when you have an arrhythmia that is causing problematic symptoms. These symptoms include shortness of breath, dizziness, chest discomfort and extreme fatigue. Arterial fibrillation is a common kind of arrhythmia that is treated using cardioversion. Cardioversion treatment is usually further classified as synchronised and unsynchronized cardioversion. Synchronised electrical cardioversion is a low energy shock using a sensor for delivering electricity synchronised with the peak of QRS complex. If the sync option is used on a defibrillator and if shock button is pushed, there is a delay in shock. During the course of this delay, the machine will read and synchronise with ECG rhythm of the patient.
Once you are diagnosed with arterial fibrillation, your Cardiologist will discuss with you about the options to treat the problem. You will be given medications to make your heart remain in normal sinus rhythm, which is called Pharmacologic cardioversion. If this does not work out, you will be recommended for other treatments like electrical cardioversion.
Benefits of cardioversion treatment
Cardioversion Treatment corrects a heartbeat that is very fast or irregular. Cardioversion is normally done using electric shocks that are administered through electrodes attached to the chest when the patient is sedated.