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INDICATIONS for CARDIOVERSION
Electrical cardioversion is performed as an emergency procedure when the heart is beating so fast and irregularly that it pumps inadequate amounts of blood to the body.
Cardioversion can be performed as a scheduled procedure to treat arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation that developed recently or that do not respond to medication. Prior to scheduled cardioversion, it is sometimes necessary to perform a transesophageal echocardiogram to be certain there are no existing blood clots in the heart.
COMPLICATIONS
Complications are uncommon but include: Abraham Salacata, MD, FACC