Dr. P. Phillips Hospital offers cardioversion services. Cardioversion makes the heart beat normally by passing an electrical shock through the chest to the heart. The single, rapid, high-voltage electric shock causes all the heart muscle cells to stop beating for a moment. This allows the heart to change itself to a normal heart rhythm. Your physician may recommend this procedure if you have an abnormal heart beat (arrhythmia) that cannot be controlled with medication. A machine called a defibrillator is used to give a quick electric shock to your heart and restore it to normal rhythm.
There are three different types of arrhythmias that may require cardioversion:
- Atrial Flutter
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Supraventricular Tachycardia
Medications are sometimes given to help the patient relax during the procedure. After the cardioversion and heartbeats are normal, the patient is discharged or may be asked to stay overnight. In addition, the physician may prescribe a medication to help your heart continue to beat normally, and may also prescribe blood thinners.
Consult your physician if you have questions about cardioversion, heart rhythms or heart disease.
The Cardiology Department is located on the 2nd floor of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
Please call 321.841.5724 to schedule your appointment today.