Quick Answer: What Can I Expect After Cardioversion?

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..

What are the after effects of cardioversion?

For instance, in 5 out of 100 people they cause heart rhythm problems that may sometimes be life-threatening. Other possible side effects include vision problems, increased skin sensitivity to light, as well as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. The side effects go away again if you stop taking the medication.

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 should you rest after a cardioversion?

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).

How long can you live with atrial fibrillation?

This type of atrial fibrillation is continuous and lasts longer than 12 months. Permanent. In this type of atrial fibrillation, the abnormal heart rhythm can’t be restored. You’ll have atrial fibrillation permanently, and you’ll often require medications to control your heart rate and to prevent blood clots.

How can I strengthen my heart for electricity?

These tips can help keep both the blood and electricity flowing through the heart at an appropriate and healthy rate:Quit tobacco: smoking damages the arteries, leading to angina, heart attack or stroke.Exercise regularly: 30 minutes of moderate daily activity improves blood flow and heart strength.More items…•

Does your chest hurt after cardioversion?

Your chest wall and chest muscles may feel sore for a few days. Some redness may appear on the skin on your chest where the cardioversion patches were applied. That will go away within a week. To get ready for this procedure, you may have been given medicine to help you relax and to reduce pain.

Does shocking the heart weaken it?

It might not work: Cardioversion doesn’t always fix a fast or irregular heartbeat. You may need medicine or a pacemaker to control things. It might make things worse: It’s unlikely, but there’s a small chance that cardioversion could damage your heart or lead to more arrhythmias.

What causes heart to get out of rhythm?

Premature beats can occur in anyone, most often happen naturally, and don’t require treatment. But they also can happen as a result of heart disease, stress, overexercising, or too much caffeine or nicotine. In those instances, you should talk with a cardiologist about your heart and any needed lifestyle changes.