Cardioversion is procedure for restoring the hearts rhythm. During electrical cardioversion electric current is used to reset the heart's rhythm. The current is delivered to the body uisng patches applied to the chest wall.
Electrical cardioversion is highly effective in treating recent-onset atrial fibrillation, restoring a normal rhythm in 86%. The success rate can be further enhanced to 94% by initiating treatment with antiarrhythmic medications prior to cardioversion.
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