What are the possible side effects from an electrical cardioversion?

Imran K. Niazi, MD
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
Side effects of an electrical cardioversion usually relate to skin reactions at the adhesive electrode sites because of the electrical energy that passed through to the heart. The skin can look irritated or red. If this is discomforting, ask your doctor for lotions, ointments or creams that will assist in healing. There is a small risk of stroke from a cardioversion despite all the precautions that are taken.

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