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Cardioversion

The Arrhythmia Center at Missouri Baptist Medical Center provides interventional treatments for arrhythmias including cardioversion.

What is Cardioversion?

A cardioversion is done to correct an abnormally fast heartbeat (tachycardia). Cardioversion is commonly used to treat atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.

The cardioversion procedure delivers an electric shock to the heart to stop the abnormal rhythm and return the heart to a regular rhythm. A cardioversion is an outpatient procedure done while the patient is under anesthesia for a very brief period.

Cardioversion Procedure

Before the procedure, an IV line will be inserted and anesthesia will be administered.

During the cardioversion, a nurse or doctor will place electrodes on your chest that are connected by wires to a cardioversion machine. The machine will then send electric shocks to the heart to restore it to a normal heart rhythm. Once the heart rhythm is restored, you will be sent to a recovery room where you will stay until the doctor discharges you. Most cardioversion procedures are done in an outpatient setting. You should be able to return home in the same day.

For more information on cardioversion for the treatment of arrhythmia or to schedule an appointment, call 314-996-3627 or contact us online.

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