What Is Cardioversion?
Cardioversion is a treatment for cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartbeats). It uses medicines or low-energy electrical shocks to restore a normal heartbeat.
Your doctor will schedule your cardioversion if your condition is stable and you do not have serious symptoms, such as fainting. Emergency cardioversions are sometimes necessary.
Cardioversion is a common procedure. However, it is only one method of treating cardiac arrhythmias. You may have other treatment options depending on your condition. Consider getting a second opinion before having cardioversion.
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