A Cardioversion is done to get your heart back into a normal sinus rhythm if it goes into Atrial fibrillation. It is done by receiving a shock from paddles while under anesthesia.
Prepping for a Cardioversion:
This procedure will be done while you are asleep.
In order to safely do this procedure it is necessary that you have nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to your procedure. A light breakfast consisting of clear liquids along with your regularly schedule medications is acceptable and then nothing to eat or drink 6 hours before your procedure.
You need to be on Coumadin (Warfarin) for at least 3-6 weeks prior to procedure.
Continue your usual medications.
You can anticipate remaining in the hospital for at least six hours after the procedure in order that your doctor may monitor you for any further irregular heart beats.
Upon discharge from the hospital, you will be given discharge instructions by your nurse. Please call the office you schedule an appointment to follow up with your physician.
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