Thank you for choosing Rose Medical Center for your cardiac care. Our goal is to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as possible. Please let our knowledgeable and friendly staff know if there is anything we can do to improve your experience.

What is a Cardioversion?

A cardioversion is a medical procedure done to restore a normal heart rhythm to patients that suffer from abnormal heartbeats (known as arrhythmias). The doctor will prescribe the amount of electrical energy (shock) to be used to convert your abnormal rhythm. The most common types of arrhythmias that are cardioverted are atrial flutter and atrial fibrillation.

Why is this procedure being done?

Your cardiologist may be recommending this procedure for you to restore your normal heart rhythm and rate. By doing this procedure your heart will be able to pump more effectively and the symptoms you may have been experiencing should be alleviated.

These symptoms could include:

  • A pounding or fluttering in your chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest discomfort
  • Dizziness or extreme fatigue

Before the Procedure:

You will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the procedure. Discuss your medications with your doctor, as he or she may want you to stop or adjust the doses several days prior to your procedure. Please bring all your current medications in their original bottles with you on the day of your procedure. Please bring a list of all drug/food allergies, past medical and surgical history also with you. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing and bring a small bag with your personal items and toiletries in the event you spend the night in the hospital to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

What to Expect Upon Arrival to the Hospital:

When you arrive for your procedure, you will be asked to change into a gown. Please remove all undergarments and use the restroom as needed. Please let the staff know if you are taking blood thinners such as Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix (clopidogrel), Effient (prasurgel), Brilinta (ticagrelor), Xarelto (rivaroxaban), Eliquis (apixaban), and Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate), diuretics (water pills), and/or any form of diabetic medication. An IV will be started so you can receive medications during your procedure and the nurse will review your medical history with you once again. At this time blood work will be drawn if needed and an EKG will be performed.

During the Procedure:

On arrival to the Cath Lab a Nurse or Technician will place two large patches on you. One will go in the center of your chest and the other on your back. If you have hair on your chest/back we will clip it at this time to aid in your comfort. We will also place other monitoring equipment on you to include pulse oximetry, blood pressure cuff and EKG cables.

Warmed blankets will be offered to help keep you warm and comfortable during your procedure. When the procedure starts, sedation will be given until you are sleepy and unaware of your surroundings. Once this has happened a shock will be delivered through the patches on your chest by the physician and the procedure will be complete.

After the Procedure:

Once your procedure is complete you will be transferred to the recovery room for about an hour where your vital signs will be closely monitored. Once you have fully recovered the staff will go over all your discharge instructions and assist you and your driver to the car.

Procedural Risks:

  • Dislodged Blood Clots
  • Abnormal Heart Rhythm
  • Low blood pressure
  • Skin Burns
  • Stroke

Contact Your Doctor If:

  • You have problems taking or obtaining any of your heart medications.
  • Or if you have any other questions.

Seek Care Immediately/Dial 911 If:

  • Chest pain and shortness of breath.
  • You have feelings of dizziness, extreme fatigue, or fainting spells.

References

If you have any further questions before your procedure please call the office and speak with your physician.

Thank You For Choosing Rose Medical Center For Your Cardiac Care!