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    What is cardioversion and how is it used to treat atrial fibrillation?

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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    This is the immediate restoration of normal heart rhythm by the passage of an electric current across the chest under brief general anaesthesia. By terminating the arrhythmia, cardioversion allows us to assess how sypmtomatic the AF is for a specific patient and also restores normal rhythm very rapidly which is important where the AF is poorly tolerated.

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