electrical cardioversion, your doctor first gives you a medicine that relaxes you and controls pain. Then your
doctor places paddles or patches either on your chest or on your chest and
back, depending on your doctor's preference.
The paddles or
patches send an electrical current to the heart. The electrical current stops
the heart momentarily. When it resumes beating, the heart usually starts in a
Primary Medical Reviewer
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John M. Miller, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology
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