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Your doctor performed a procedure called cardioversion. Your doctor used a controlled electric shock to briefly stop all electrical activity in your heart. This helped restore your heart’s normal rhythm. Here are some instructions to follow while you recover.
Don’t drive until you know how the procedure has affected you.
Don’t be alarmed if the skin on your chest is wrinkled or feels like it is sunburned. These minor symptoms will go away in a few days.
Ask your doctor about medications to keep your heart rhythm steady.
If you were prescribed medication, take it as instructed by your doctor. Don’t skip doses or take double doses.
Learn to take your own pulse. Keep a record of your results. Ask your doctor when you should seek emergency medical attention. He or she will tell you which pulse rate reading is dangerous.
Keep in mind this procedure may need to be repeated at a later date. About half of all patients who undergo cardioversion need a repeat procedure within a year.
Talk to your doctor about the possibility of having a pacemaker inserted.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call 911 right away if you have:
Shortness of breath.
Otherwise, call your doctor immediately if you have:
Chest pain with increased activity
Irregular heartbeat or fast pulse