Electrical Cardioversion

CHAPTER 210 Electrical Cardioversion

Transthoracic direct-current electrical shock, or electrical cardioversion, is a safe and effective procedure for terminating most sustained tachyarrhythmias. It is useful for converting acute arrhythmias that are causing clinical deterioration of the patient’s condition, and for chronic arrhythmias that are symptomatic, carry a poor prognosis, or are unresponsive to drug therapy. Cardiac arrhythmias often can be converted to sinus rhythm with medications (chemical cardioversion), but electrical cardioversion refers to the direct application of electrical current.



May 14, 2017 | Posted by in GENERAL & FAMILY MEDICINE | Comments Off on Electrical Cardioversion

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