What is Cardioversion?
- Cardioversion is a medical practice that brings back a normal heart rhythm in people with certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias).
- Cardioversion is usually done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest. It's also possible to do cardioversion with medications.
For what Cardioversion is used?
- Cardioversion is usually used to treat people who have atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. These conditions occur when the electrical signals that normally make your heart beat at a regular rate don't travel properly through the upper chambers of your heart.
- Cardioversion is performed when your heart is beating ineffectively. It's usually scheduled in advance but is sometimes also done in emergency situations.
What is the Treatment cost of Cardioversion in India?
- The Cardioversion usually costs from 3-4 lakh rupees in India.
Which specialty of doctor to be consulted for Cardioversion in India?
1. What are the risks related with Cardioversion?
- Complications of electric cardioversion are uncommon, and doctors can take steps to reduce your risk. Major risks of cardioversion include:
- Dislodged blood clots
Some people who have irregular heartbeats have blood clots in their hearts. Electric cardioversion can cause these blood clots to move to other parts of your body. This can cause life-threatening complications, such as a stroke or a blood clot traveling to your lungs (pulmonary embolism).
- Abnormal heart rhythm
In rare cases, some people who undergo cardioversion end up with other heart rhythm problems during or after their procedure. This is a rare complication. If it happens, it usually shows up only minutes after your procedure, so your doctor can give you medications or additional shocks to correct the problem.
- Skin burns
Rarely, some people have minor burns on their skin where their electrodes were placed.
2. What are the steps to be taken during Cardioversion?
- A nurse or technician will place several large patches called electrodes on your chest. The electrodes will be connected to a cardioversion machine (defibrillator) using wires.
- The defibrillator will record your heart rhythm throughout the procedure and will deliver shocks to your heart to restore a normal heart rhythm. This machine can also correct your heart's rhythm if it beats too slowly after cardioversion.
- Before the shocks are delivered, a nurse or technician will insert an intravenous (IV) line in your arm. The IV line is used to give you medications that will make you sleep during the cardioversion so that you won't feel any pain from the shocks. Your doctor may also use the IV line to give you additional medications that can help restore your heart rhythm.
3. What are the steps to be taken after the Cardioversion?
- Electric cardioversion is done on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day your procedure is done. You'll spend an hour or so in a recovery room being closely monitored for complications.
- Because you'll be asleep for the cardioversion, your awareness of your surroundings may be affected afterward. You'll need someone to drive you home, and your ability to make decisions may be affected for several hours after cardioversion.
- Even if no clots were found in your heart before cardioversion, you'll take blood-thinning medications for at least several weeks after your procedure to prevent new clots from forming.
4. What happens after I get home?
- Before you leave, you'll get instructions about what to do at home. For a few days after electrical cardioversion, the skin on your chest and back may be irritated where the paddles were placed. Ask your doctor about creams or medicines that can help.