A procedure to restore a normal heart rhythm for patients who have certain types of abnormal heartbeats.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Electrodes will be placed on your chest and back. These electrodes are connected to a cardioversion machine (defibrillator) using wires. The machine records your heart rhythm throughout the procedure and delivers shocks to your heart to restore normal rhythm. A nurse will insert an IV to put you to sleep so that you do not feel pain. Your doctor may also use the IV to give you medications that can help restore your heart rhythm. Once sedated, the procedure usually takes only a few minutes.
Following the procedure, you will be moved to recovery for a short period of time and then allowed to return home. Due to anesthesia, please plan to have someone available to drive you home.