Cardioversion is the type of procedure that helps restore a normal heart rhythm back in a patient with arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats). Occasionally, your doctor will try and resolve this with medications; however, majority of the time a scheduled procedure will take place. This is done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes that are placed on your chest.
- Patients cannot eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the procedure.
- If having the procedure, please consult your doctor with any medications you can or cannot take prior to the cardioversion.
What to expect during a cardioversion
After disrobing and changing into your medical gown, you will be asked to lie on the exam table. Electrodes will be placed on different parts of your chest. A nurse will start an IV line that will be used for your anesthesia and any other type of medications you may need. After you are fully sedated, the cardioversion will proceed. This procedure only takes a few minutes.
- A cardioversion is an outpatient procedure, so you will be out of the hospital about an hour after the procedure.
- Your doctor will instruct you on any medications to take.
*Please inform your doctor about any medication you take.