Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation

Cardioversion is a noninvasive procedure that restores the heart's normal rhythm with electrical shock or chemical intervention.

Electrical cardioversion:

  • Delivers a jolt of electricity through the chest wall to the heart
  • Interrupts the abnormal heart rhythm of atrial fibrillation and often sets it right
  • Is delivered under anesthesia, most often as an outpatient procedure

Chemical cardioversion uses medicine to achieve the same effect.

Contact the Center for Atrial Fibrillation

Call us at 1-855-UPMC-HVI (876-2484), email us, or request an appointment online.

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