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What is cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?

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During cardioversion, a doctor gives you a mild electric shock to reset your heart rhythm.

First, you'll have a test called a “transesophageal echocardiography” (TEE) to see whether you have any blood clots in the top chambers of your heart, called the atria. If you do have one, you'll need to take blood thinners before the procedure.

You get cardioversion in a hospital after you have been given something that will make you sleep. Electricity travels to your heart through paddles or patches placed on your chest. You might need to have this procedure more than once to correct your heart rhythm.

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?" "What is Cardioversion?"

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

SOURCES:

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: "Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation."

American Heart Association: "Atrial Fibrillation Medications," "Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "Surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)," "What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "How Is Atrial Fibrillation Treated?" "What is Cardioversion?"

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons: "Atrial Fibrillation Surgery -- Maze Procedure."

UAB Medicine: "Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion."

Mayo Clinic: “Sleep Apnea.”

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 2, 2018

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