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Cardioversion: Electrical Cardioversion

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For electrical cardioversion, your doctor first gives you a medicine that relaxes you and controls pain. Then your doctor places paddles or patches either on your chest or on your chest and back, depending on your doctor's preference.

The paddles or patches send an electrical current to the heart. The electrical current stops the heart momentarily. When it resumes beating, the heart usually starts in a normal rhythm.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Last RevisedDecember 14, 2012

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Last Updated: December 14, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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