Cardioversion

Cardioversion is a procedure to treat arrhythmia by sending electric shocks to the heart through an electrode that is placed on the chest.

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Cardioversion may be required in the following conditions:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Fainting

The diagnostic methods that may be carried out before a Cardioversion treatment are:

  • Blood tests
  • ECG
  • Medical History

 

With an IV line, anesthesia is given after which electrodes are placed on the chest and most probably on the back. The cardioversion machine is attached to these electrodes. This machine records the heart's activity, and when necessary the doctor sends one or more low energy shocks to restore the normal rhythm.

The risks involved in this treatment are:

  • Skin burn from electrodes
  • Stroke
  • Bradycardia
  • Tachycardia

 

Blood thinning medications are prescribed for several weeks to prevent any blood clot formation.

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Cardioversion

Cardioversion is a procedure to treat arrhythmia by sending electric shocks to the heart through an electrode that is placed on the chest.

Symptoms

Cardioversion may be required in the following conditions:

  • Arrhythmia
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Fainting

Diagnosis

The diagnostic methods that may be carried out before a Cardioversion treatment are:

  • Blood tests
  • ECG
  • Medical History

 

Treatment

With an IV line, anesthesia is given after which electrodes are placed on the chest and most probably on the back. The cardioversion machine is attached to these electrodes. This machine records the heart's activity, and when necessary the doctor sends one or more low energy shocks to restore the normal rhythm.

Risks

The risks involved in this treatment are:

  • Skin burn from electrodes
  • Stroke
  • Bradycardia
  • Tachycardia

 

After Procedure

Blood thinning medications are prescribed for several weeks to prevent any blood clot formation.

FAQ Section

1) What is Cardioversion?

Cardioversion is the procedure done to correct cardiac arrhythmias, i.e. to bring abnormal heartbeat to normal rhythm. This is a condition where the heart is beating either very fast or irregularly. In electrical cardioversion procedure, high energy shock is sent to the heart, to reset the normal cardiac rhythm. In chemical cardioversion, medicines are used to restore the normal cardiac rhythm. 

 

2) What are the symptoms that require Cardioversion procedure?

The symptoms of Cardiac arrhythmias like- fainting, stroke, heart attack, cardiac death- require the procedure of Cardioversion.

 

3) When does a patient need electrical cardioversion?

The various abnormal heart rhythm conditions like- Atrial fibrillation, Atrial flutter, Supraventricular tachycardia ( VT ), Ventricular tachycardias, that cause the heart to beat too fast and pump less blood to the body, need electrical cardioversion. 

 

4) What are the other methods done to correct heart rhythm, before Cardioversion procedure is done?

The doctor tries to bring back the heart to normal rhythm by other methods, before opting for the electrical cardioversion method. These include- Valsalva maneuver and medicines. 

5) What are the risks of the electrical cardioversion?

The various risks of cardioversion procedure are- dangerous abnormal cardiac rhythm, low blood pressures, heart muscle damage, heart failure, skin damage, blood clot ( that may cause stroke, pulmonary embolism, etc ).

 

6) How is cardioversion procedure done ?

In this procedure, electric shocks are sent to the heart via the electrodes placed on the chest. The electrical currents reset the heart beat and correct the cardiac arrhythmias. Cardioversion is also done by using medicines. 

7) How long does a cardioversion procedure take?

The actual procedure takes only 5 minutes, however the entire process including the anesthesia, procedure and recovery takes around 30- 45 minutes.

 

8) What is the cost of Cardioversion in India?

The cost of Cardioversion in India varies across different cities and hospitals. 

Cost of Cardioversion in India
CITY COST
Cost of Cardioversion in Mumbai      INR 100000- INR 130000
Cost of Cardioversion in Bangalore INR 98000- INR 125000
Cost of Cardioversion in Delhi INR 98000- INR 125000
Cost of Cardioversion in Chennai INR 95000- INR 120000

 

9) Is cardioversion an invasive procedure?

Cardioversion is a non-invasive procedure where no cuts, no small punctures are given. The electrical shock is sent to the heart via electrodes placed on the chest, that changes the abnormal heart rhythm to normal heart beats.

 

10) What is the 48 hours rule for the cardioversion procedure?

The 48 hour rule for the cardioversion procedure means that there is a limit of 48 hours after the onset of atrial fibrillation (AF), to perform the cardioversion procedure without using the anticoagulant medications. 

 

11) What is the success rate of Cardioversion?

The success rate of Cardioversion with atrial fibrillation is about 90 percent and above. The success rate becomes less, if the atrial fibrillation lasts for more than several months or when the atrium is enlarged.