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​​Cardioversion is a procedure designed to restore normal heart rhythm.  Elective non-emergent cardioversion is performed by your physician and nursing staff in your room.  Heart irregularities, such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter, may be converted to a normal heart rhythm (normal sinus rhythm). 

 Before The Procedure

  • You will be asked to sign a consent form after your doctor has explained the procedure and the risks to you.
  • Please do not eat or drink after midnight before the procedure.
  • Staff will enter your room with an equipment cart and monitor.
  • You will be connected to the monitor with pads placed on your chest and back.
  • An intravenous catheter (IV catheter) will be placed in your hand or arm. The medicine given during the procedure will be given through this catheter. 

During The Procedure

  • Oxygen will be given to you by facemask.
  • After connecting you to a heart monitor, some medication will be given through your IV catheter. You may feel some burning in your arm and may briefly fall asleep. You may not remember the procedure.
  • An electrical impulse is administered through the two pads placed on your chest and back. This impulse may restore your heart to a normal sinus rhythm. 

After The Procedure

  • Some short-​term drowsiness may occur and you may notice some redness on your chest.
  • The nursing staff monitors your vital signs until you are fully awake.
  • You will be instructed when to take your medicines, eat, and get out of bed.
  • Depending upon your overall condition you may go home later the same day.