Cardioversion is a scheduled procedure that uses a brief, mild electrical shock to reset a person’s heartbeat. It is usually used to treat people who have a fast or irregular beat or rhythm, such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. Normally during cardioversion, you are sedated.

Cardioversion is only a temporary fix for a fast heart rate.

Medicines and other procedures may be needed to provide more lasting relief. But you can rest assured knowing your Mercy heart specialist will provide expert care.

In addition, your doctor has access to Mercy’s expansive network of other specialists and the very best diagnostic and treatment technology – all ready to keep you healthy and active.

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