Cardioversion can be used to treat many types of fast or irregular heart rhythms. The most common irregular heart rhythms that require cardioversion include atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter.
It is a procedure in which an electrical shock is delivered to the heart to convert an irregular or fast heart rhythm, called an arrhythmia, to a normal heart rhythm. During cardioversion, your doctor uses a defibrillator to send electrical energy, or a shock to the heart muscle to restore the normal heart rhythm.
Patients are under anesthesia for a brief period of time and are closely monitored during and after the procedure. This is usually done on an outpatient basis.
For more specific, detailed information regarding this or any other cardiac procedure, please call the Cardiac Cath Lab at (608) 775-2233 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52233, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.