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