How Will I Feel After Cardioversion?

How long after cardioversion can I drive?

After your procedure you should rest quietly during the evening.

You may eat and drink as usual.

You may have a shower or a bath.

As you have been given a short general anaesthetic for the procedure, you should not drive for the next 24 hours (your insurance will not cover you)..

What are the after effects of cardioversion?

Feel sleepy for several hours after the cardioversion. Arrange to have someone drive you home. Go home the same day as the procedure. Have some redness or soreness on your chest that lasts for a few days.

What should you not do after cardioversion?

You should not attempt to work, exercise or do anything strenuous until your doctor tells you it is okay to do so. After your cardioversion procedure, your cardiologist or electrophysiologist will make sure that you are taking a blood-thinning medication (anticoagulant) for at least a month in most cases.

How long does cardioversion last?

Cardioversion itself takes about 5 minutes. But the whole procedure, including recovery, will probably take 30 to 45 minutes.

Does cardioversion damage your heart?

Major risks of cardioversion include: Dislodged blood clots. Some people who have irregular heartbeats have blood clots in their hearts. Electric cardioversion can cause these blood clots to move to other parts of your body.

What is the success rate of electrical cardioversion?

Success Rates for Electrical Cardioversion Various studies have reported that electrical cardioversion is over 90 percent effective in converting to a normal sinus rhythm though many people revert back into afib shortly thereafter.

What is the drug of choice for atrial flutter?

Initial treatment of atrial flutter targets the rate control (which is frequently ~150 BPM). Drugs of choice include beta blockers such as esmolol (0.5 mg/kg IV bolus followed by 50-300 ucg/kg/min) and propranolol, or calcium channel blockers such as verapamil (5-10 mg IV) or diltiazem.

What is the average cost of a cardioversion?

How Much Does a Cardioversion Cost? On MDsave, the cost of a Cardioversion ranges from $890 to $1,365. Those on high deductible health plans or without insurance can shop, compare prices and save.

How do you prevent AFIB from coming back?

What can I do to reduce my risk of complications associated with atrial fibrillation?Get regular physical activity.Eat a heart-healthy diet, low in salt, saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol.Manage high blood pressure.Avoid excessive amounts of alcohol and caffeine.Don’t smoke.Control cholesterol.More items…

Is there pain after cardioversion?

Discomfort. It is very common for patients have a sharp chest pain that usually worsens with deep breathing. It can worsen over the first few days after the procedure and then gradually resolves over the next 2-3 weeks. You may have been prescribed pain medications prior to discharge – please take them as instructed.

Are you awake during cardioversion?

Because the shock would be painful for a patient who is awake, an intravenous medication is given to sedate the patient. Patients are asleep during the cardioversion and most do not remember the procedure. It is not usually necessary to have a breathing tube (endotracheal tube) placed before the procedure.

Is ablation better than cardioversion?

Catheter ablation is used to destroy the regions of the heart that are contributing to the cardiac arrhythmia, and it is more effective at maintaining sinus rhythm than pharmacological cardioversion, with similar complication rates.