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How can electrical cardioversion help with treating for AFib?

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Electrical cardioversion gives shocks through paddles to regulate your heartbeat.

First, you'll get medicine to make you fall asleep. Then, your doctor will put the paddles on your chest, and sometimes your back. These will give you a mild electrical shock to get your heart's rhythm back to normal.

Most people only need one. Because you’re sedated, you probably won’t remember being shocked. You can usually go home the same day.

From: Cardioversion for AFib WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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