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Electrical Cardioversion

Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona -  - General Cardiology

Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona

General Cardiology & Vascular Medicine located in Phoenix, Goodyear, Chandler, & Maricopa, AZ

When conservative treatments fail to improve your irregular heartbeat from atrial fibrillation, the team at Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona may recommend electrical cardioversion. The outpatient procedure uses an electrical current to restore your heart’s normal rhythm. To see if electrical cardioversion is the right choice for your arrhythmia, call one of the offices in Phoenix, Maricopa, Goodyear, or Chandler, Arizona, or book a consultation online today.

Electrical Cardioversion

What is electrical cardioversion?

Electrical cardioversion is a procedure that uses a low-voltage electrical current to reset your heart rhythm. 

Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona performs the procedure at the hospital in the outpatient setting. Though non-invasive, the team provides sedation to limit anxiety and discomfort. 

Who needs electrical cardioversion?

At Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona, the experienced cardiologists perform electrical cardioversion for patients with atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation is a type of arrhythmia that affects the electrical signals in your heart’s upper chambers, causing an irregular and rapid heartbeat. 

The team recommends electrical cardioversion when medical treatments fail to improve the arrhythmia. They may also perform the procedure if your atrial fibrillation is causing your heart to beat very fast and you need an immediate reset. 

What happens during electrical cardioversion?

Your provider performs your electrical cardioversion at the hospital. It’s an outpatient procedure, so you should go home the same day.

Before starting, your cardiologist administers medication to minimize discomfort and help you relax. They place pads on your chest and deliver the electrical current to reset your heart rhythm.

After the procedure, you spend time in the recovery room for monitoring before going home. You need to arrange to have someone drive you home after your electrical cardioversion and plan to take the rest of the day off. 

What results can I expect from electrical cardioversion?

Results following electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation vary and depend on the severity of your arrhythmia. Most patients experience a return to normal heart rhythm immediately after the procedure, which may continue for a few hours, few weeks, or few months. 

The long-term results of your electrical cardioversion depend on the underlying cause of your atrial fibrillation. The team at Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona works closely with you to develop a plan that provides the best outcomes.

If your electrical cardioversion helps you maintain normal heart rhythm for several months, then they repeat the procedure as needed. However, if your arrhythmia returns within a few weeks, they may recommend other treatments, such as medication, to restore your heart’s normal rhythm. 

To learn more about electrical cardioversion for atrial fibrillation, call the Affiliated Cardiologists of Arizona nearest you or book an appointment online today.