When medical interventions fail to improve your arrhythmia and restore a normal heartbeat, you may need a cardioversion procedure. The team of board-certified physicians at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee, with offices in Jackson, Dyersburg, Lexington, Adamsville, and McKenzie, Tennessee, specializes in cardiovascular health and offers many cutting-edge procedures, including cardioversion. To schedule a consultation, call the office most convenient to you or book an appointment online today.
A cardioversion is a medical procedure that restores a normal heartbeat in people with an abnormal heartbeat, also known as an arrhythmia.
During the procedure, your specialist at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee sends an electric shock to your heart to reset the rhythm.
Normally, the rhythm of your heart is set by a group of cells found in the upper atrium of your heart, the sinoatrial node (SA). These cells send a signal to the lower chambers of your heart, the ventricles, that initiates the contraction of the muscle that creates the rhythmic heartbeat.
Various heart problems may disrupt this signaling, triggering an irregular or rapid heartbeat. Your abnormal heartbeat affects blood circulation through your heart, increasing your risk of developing blood clots that may lead to a heart attack or stroke.
The team at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee determines if you’re a candidate for a cardioversion after a consultation.
Though some people may need an emergency cardioversion, in most cases the team schedules the procedure to treat various arrhythmias like:
Before scheduling the cardioversion, your heart specialist may try medical treatments to restore your heart rhythm. If medical interventions fail, then they may proceed with a cardioversion procedure.
Your provider at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee reviews what you can expect during your cardioversion at your consultation.
After giving you medicine to help you relax, your provider places electrodes on your chest and back. Using a cardioversion machine, they then send a high-energy electric shock to your heart to reset the rhythm.
Cardioversion only takes a few minutes and the team wakes you when it’s complete.
You may feel drowsy after your cardioversion and the team monitors you in the recovery room before sending you home. Most patients go home the same day. You need to arrange to have someone drive you home after the procedure and you should plan to take off the rest of the day.
The team schedules follow-up appointments as needed to monitor your heart rhythm and health. You may need to take blood thinners or heart rhythm medication to maintain heart health.
Find out more about cardioversion at Heart & Vascular Center of West Tennessee by calling the office or booking a consultation online today.