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How can chemical cardioversion help with treating atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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If your arrhythmia isn’t an emergency, a doctor will usually use medication to get your heart back to normal. This is called chemical or pharmacologic cardioversion. You typically get the medicine through an IV while doctors check your heart. But sometimes, people can take it as a pill.

From: Cardioversion for AFib WebMD Medical Reference

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Saint Luke’s: “What is chemical cardioversion?”

American Heart Association: “Cardioversion,” “What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?”

StopAfib.org: “Using Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Chemical cardioversion

Heart Rhythm Society: “Cardioversion.”

Cardiology.org: "Atrial Fibrillation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cardioversion."

Hartford Hospital: "Cardioversion."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Cardioversion."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Cardioversion," "What Are the Risks of Cardioversion?" "What to Expect Before Cardioversion."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 03, 2018

SOURCES:

Saint Luke’s: “What is chemical cardioversion?”

American Heart Association: “Cardioversion,” “What is Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF)?”

StopAfib.org: “Using Electrical Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Chemical cardioversion

Heart Rhythm Society: “Cardioversion.”

Cardiology.org: "Atrial Fibrillation."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cardioversion."

Hartford Hospital: "Cardioversion."

Heart Rhythm Society: "Cardioversion."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Cardioversion," "What Are the Risks of Cardioversion?" "What to Expect Before Cardioversion."

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on May 03, 2018

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