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How Successful is Cardioversion?

  Initial success of electrical cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation was 65.7%. At one year, 47% remained in Normal Sinus Rhythm.   –International Archives of Medicine –December 12, 2009– Short-term and long-term success of electrical cardioversion in atrial fibrillation in managed care system Introduction Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common dysrhythmia encountered in clinical practice, accounting for approximately one third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance. Electrical cardioversion (ECV) is used to restore sinus rhythm (SR), both to alleviate associated… Keep Reading


How Many Times Can You Have a Cardioversion?

The Skeptical CardiologistApril 9, 2016 Atrial Fibrillation: How Many Times Can You Shock the Heart The most effective method for getting a heart that is in atrial fibrillation back to normal rhythm is a called an electrical cardioversion. I’ve tried to come up with a good alternative or descriptive term for this procedure for my patients, such as “resetting” or “rebooting” the heart, but the term that seems to best resonate with patients is “shocking” the heart. How Does Electrical  Cardioversion… Keep Reading


What is Cardiac Ablation?

  Cardiac ablation is a procedure that is used to scar small areas in your heart that may be involved in your heart rhythm problems. From the U.S. National Library of Medicine Cardiac ablation procedures Cardiac ablation is a procedure that is used to scar small areas in your heart that may be involved in your heart rhythm problems. This can prevent the abnormal electrical signals or rhythms from moving through the heart. During the procedure, small wires called electrodes… Keep Reading


What is Cardioversion?

  Cardioversion is a medical procedure by which an abnormally fast heart rate (tachycardia) or other cardiac arrhythmia is converted to a normal rhythm using electricity or drug   from Wikipedia  [of all the websites explaining cardioversion, Wikipedia provided the most detail]   Cardioversion Synchronized electrical cardioversion uses a therapeutic dose of electric current to the heart at a specific moment in the cardiac cycle, restoring the activity of the electrical conduction system of the heart. Pharmacologic cardioversion, also called chemical cardioversion, uses antiarrhythmia medication instead of an electrical shock. Electrical To perform synchronized electrical cardioversion, two electrode pads are used (or, alternatively, the traditional… Keep Reading


What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related complications.   From the Mayo Clinic Overview of Atrial Fibrillation During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms often include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness.  Episodes of atrial fibrillation can come and go,… Keep Reading


What Should I Know After a Heart Attack

Do not assume that what you’ve been told is all you need to know.   Society for Participatory Medicine David Lee Scher, M.D   Five Things to Know After Your Heart Attack These five points are important because they address the seriousness of a heart attack. Feeling better after a heart attack is an experience all are grateful for. However, the journey as a cardiac patient is just beginning and knowledge is a powerful tool to have. An engaged and… Keep Reading

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