HOW CARDIOVERSION PERFORMED
PREPARING FOR DIRECT CURRENT CARDIOVERSION (DCCV)
- The patients chest and back are prepared by careful cleaning and shaving.
- External defibrillation pads are then placed.
- IV sedation is then administered and if necessary breathing is assisted.
- An electrical shock is then delivered when the patient is well sedated. On occasion, additional shocks at higher energy may need to be delivered.
- Antiarrhythmic medications may be started after the procedure to reduce the risk of recurrence.
- After the procedure the patient is monitored to assure that the rhythm is stable.
- The patient is discharged when fully awake.
- Do not eat or drink 6 to 8 hours before the test.
- If possible, shower the evening prior to the procedure.
- If you are on medications, ask your doctor which drugs you should take prior to the procedure.
- In most cases the patient is admitted on the morning of the procedure.
- The procedure and its risks should be explained.
- Tell the doctor or nurse what medications the patient is taking, what medications the patient is allergic to.
- A witnessed, signed consent for the procedure is required.
Abraham Salacata, MD, FACC