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What are the concerns about cardioversion for atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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It's unlikely, but there’s a small chance that cardioversion could damage your heart or lead to more arrhythmias. Also, your skin may get irritated where the paddles touched you. Your doctor can give you a cream to treat it.

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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