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How does cardioversion for atrial fibrillation (AFib) cause blood clots?

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Chemical and electrical cardioversion could knock loose blood clots that your abnormal heartbeat has created. Before the procedure, your doctor may do a type of ultrasound to look for blood clots in your heart. You’ll probably get medicine to take for 3-4 weeks before and after the procedure to help prevent blood clots.

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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