Cardioversion is a treatment that may be used to correct the abnormal heart rhythm, atrial fibrillation (AF).
Cardioversion may be used, either on its own or in addition to drug treatment for AF.
Cardioversion uses a controlled electric shock to the heart, from a machine called a defibrillator, to restore the normal heart rhythm.
Cardioversion allows the conduction system of the heart to reset. It can be performed under a general anaesthetic or with sedation. Cardioversion can be repeated if necessary.
Not everyone with AF will be benefit from cardioversion treatment. Your heart specialist will carefully consider whether this is a possible treatment option for you.
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