Can cardioversion damage your heart?
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..
What should you not do after cardioversion?
You should not attempt to work, exercise or do anything strenuous until your doctor tells you it is okay to do so. After your cardioversion procedure, your cardiologist or electrophysiologist will make sure that you are taking a blood-thinning medication (anticoagulant) for at least a month in most cases.
Can AFib return after cardioversion?
Cardioversion restores a normal heartbeat rhythm 90% of the time. However, more than half of these people develop afib again after one year. When this happens, people sometimes have another electrical cardioversion. If afib returns again, chances are even lower for a third procedure to work.
How successful is cardioversion for atrial fibrillation?
Procedural Success: Various studies have reported that electrical cardioversion is over 90 percent effective in helping people return to a normal sinus rhythm during the procedure. However, many people revert back into AFib shortly thereafter.
Can cardioversion make AFib worse?
It might not work: Cardioversion doesn’t always fix a fast or irregular heartbeat. You may need medicine or a pacemaker to control things. It might make things worse: It’s unlikely, but there’s a small chance that cardioversion could damage your heart or lead to more arrhythmias.
Can cardioversion be repeated?
Abstract. Introduction: Repeat cardioversion may be necessary in over 50% of patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (AF), but identifying responders remains challenging.