Cardioversion is a medical procedure done to restore a normal heart rhythm for people who have certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). The procedure is most often done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest. Occasionally, your doctor may perform cardioversion using only medications to restore your heart’s rhythm.
There are two types of Cardioversion; External and Internal. Both are elective, non-emergency type treatments, which deliver an electrical jolt to the heart in order to restore the normal sinus rhythm.
The procedure is usually a scheduled procedure that is performed in a hospital, and you should be able to go home the same day of your procedure. For most people, cardioversion quickly restores a normal heart rhythm. For more information, please contact High Plains Heart and Vascular Center.