Cardioversion In Atlanta
Patients who have a condition called atrial flutter (or atrial fibrillation), characterized by an irregular heartbeat, can undergo a procedure called a cardioversion to restore their normal cardiac rhythm. Patients who have been on adequate doses of a blood thinner (Coumadin/warfarin) for at least 3-4 weeks can safely undergo this procedure, which consists of moderate sedation under the supervision of a cardiologist and/or anesthesiologist, after which a brief electrical shock is delivered to the heart through electrical pads placed on the chest. This process can “jolt” the heart back to a normal rhythm. Patients are observed for a brief period and usually go home on the same day of the procedure.