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Electrical Cardioversion

Electrical cardioversion with patches on chest

For electrical cardioversion, your doctor first gives you a medicine that relaxes you and controls pain. Then your doctor places patches either on your chest or on your chest and back, depending on your doctor's preference. The patches send an electric current to your heart. This resets your heart rhythm.

Current as of: April 9, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Rakesh K. Pai, MD - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology

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