What is cardioversion?

In cardioversion, your doctor may use paddles or patches with an electrical current to "reset" your heart to a normal rhythm. This is most often used if medication isn't working and symptoms are severe, particularly in young patients. As part of this treatment, you'll have a TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram). The TEE test shows whether your heart has developed blood clots.

Atrial fibrillation (AFIB) is a heart rhythm disorder in which the heart beats irregularly and often too fast. Doctors often prescribe medication for this condition, but sometimes they have to do a procedure called cardioversion, in which a small charge is delivered that helps convert the heart from irregular rhythm to normal rhythm. Even after cardioversion, you will need to continue taking heart rhythm medications, which can improve your quality of life and avoid serious complications.

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