Atrial Fibrillation – Me Being Cardioverted

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Getting cardioverted after an episode of Atrial Fibrillation – After having an episode, the doctors gave me a procedure called a Cardioversion.

This procedure is usually tried before a catheter ablation or major drug interventions and will sometime correct atrial fibrillation and restore Normal Sinus Rhythm.

I had three Cardioversions done before my Afib was finally fixed with an Afib Ablation.  Don’t worry you’re out cold when it happens and don’t feel a thing.  My cardioversions restored rhythm for a few days but did not stop my Afib from recurring.

Cardioversion vs. Defirbillation. Cardioversion is an elective procedure, requiring a signed consent. Defibrillation is an emergency intervention! V-fib = D-fib!! Nursing Study: Cardioversion vs Defibrillation

A Simple Guide To Cardioversion, Types, Treatment of Arrhythmias And Related Conditions



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    • Nicole Slack
    • January 31, 2015

    Thank you for sharing this! My nursing students will appreciate the real
    life example and so will their patients should they need this done!?

    • Yvonne Reilly
    • January 31, 2015

    Hopefully they can give you a pacemaker. ….?

    • MsAnukis
    • January 31, 2015

    Thank you for posting this video. I recently graduated with my BSN and am
    hoping to take the NCLEX soon to become a Registered Nurse. I don’t know
    that I will go into a cardiac area however this video has helped me study
    for the cardiac portion! I am a visual learner and seeing the procedure
    while learning about it has really helped the content stick. I am glad to
    hear the ablation helped you so much! I wish you only the best! God bless.?

    • Matthew Troha
    • January 31, 2015

    I am on my 10th cardioversion coming up in January 2015. This video helps
    to show what they do. I did bite through my mouthguard once. I am surprised
    they let you tape it. Had the ablation done in May 2014 but now back in a
    flutter. Hopefully the next one helps.?

    • milana myatovich - plucinski
    • January 31, 2015

    Thank you for sharing. I had this done but was curious exactly how the body
    reacts. I asked the Dr. if I
    Would really come up off the table like on TV shows. He laughed and said
    not to worry that they wouldn’t let me hit the ceiling.We all had a good
    laugh. It was over before I knew it.?

    • jonathan pruitt
    • January 31, 2015

    I had this done also. It fixed my problem so far. It’s been one year. I was
    so scared I won’t lie. But it was fairly painless I had two burns on my
    chest and back but I was out of the hospital 2 days later. ?

    • Kaspar Long
    • January 31, 2015

    having this done on 11-20-14, been in afib since 10-17, caused me to throw
    a blood clot which went into my left leg,, two days in ICU to dissolve,,
    and now just waiting to be on thinners for a month before doing the cardio
    version to be sure I don’t toss another clot,, this was very helpful to
    know exactly how it goes.. I want mine videoed too?

    • Gholamreza Baqeri
    • January 31, 2015

    Many thanks for sharing.?

    • PTTurboe
    • January 31, 2015

    Are you still AFib free since 2007?

    Brave video!?

    • Tammy Here
    • January 31, 2015

    had this procedure 4 times so far and am in a fib now again and last 2
    times they shocked my heart i woke up in the middle of it sitting up
    screaming and last time was burned on my chest and back. hate to go through
    it again, but will again now. good luck ;)?

    • Lynda Floyd
    • January 31, 2015

    I have this problem too and it’s become more evident within the past couple
    of years. My doctor performed an EKG sonogram last year and diagnosed me
    with it. I just don’t understand why he hasn’t mentioned medication, nor
    this procedure!? I found the info on this last night through Google, which
    led me to this video.?

    • patti stewart
    • January 31, 2015

    My son is 28 and is scheduled for this in the morning, I am so worried, but
    want to be in the room. I hope they will let me. Thank you for sharing your
    story so I could see what to expect.?

    • jonathan pruitt
    • January 31, 2015

    I had this done also. It fixed my problem so far. It’s been one year. I was
    so scared I won’t lie. But it was fairly painless I had two burns on my
    chest and back but I was out of the hospital 2 days later. ?

    • drumstick9000
    • January 31, 2015

    we watched this video in our nursing class?

    • tbirdsport302
    • January 31, 2015

    This is so scary to watch, my dad had been fighting a-fib for 15 years so
    he has had many cardioversions, he finally had his 3rd and (hopefully) last
    ablation at the the Mayo Clinic in MN. After his heart was finally back in
    rhythm, he is now the dad I remember him being. And has been in rhythm for
    over a year and a half now 🙂 There is hope for those going through
    this….get it done at the right place no matter what the cost. I am so
    thankful to have my father back…I was only 9 when it first happened and
    had no idea the paid he went though to get to where he is now?

    • kawi saki
    • January 31, 2015

    This awaits me….been in A-Fib for two months now, trying the drugs first!?

    • summergain
    • January 31, 2015

    My a fib kept me awake at night for years due to night sweats and the
    racing heart beat. When I had the cardio version done, the dr. used
    Propofol to put me under so they could do the zap. When I woke up I felt
    so refreshed. It was the best nights sleep I had in years, even though I
    was out for less than an hour. The cardio versions success lasted for
    about 4 months before I reverted. It really is amazing how much better you
    feel when your heart is beating properly. I also found that I healed more
    quickly from injuries during that time. I am getting ready to have it done
    again, this time with a drug therapy that may require a hospital stay, but
    it will definitely be worth it. If you or someone you love is facing this,
    life is way better when your heart beats as it should.?

    • Laurie Johnson
    • January 31, 2015

    Good to know you won’t remember it!?

    • Joshua Sroge
    • January 31, 2015

    Thanks for posting your video and sharing your experience. I went into
    a-fib on 2001 and was cardioverted within about 12 hours. Due to the short
    time passage, the risk of a clot was low and cardioverting worked where
    drugs did not. All fine until 2014 and I strangely went a-fib again.
    Perhaps another cardioverting experience awaits. ?

    • bawki
    • January 31, 2015

    we usually put patients into deeper sedation, they dont yell at all.
    obviously they flinch due to the electric shock but thats all.?

    • RamirezHD
    • January 31, 2015

    wow man! you are brave for watching yourself during this difficult time.
    Glad you are k.?

    • Scott Buscher
    • January 31, 2015

    Your comments make me very sad. I was diagnosed with wpw syndrome when I
    was 12….I’m 42 now. I never had to get cardioversion (thank god), because
    my doctors used procedures such, valsalva, cold water diver technique and
    the use of adenosine. When I turned about 25-26 I had the eps study done 3x
    and ended my trips to the er. I was told when I was first diagnosed in 1983
    that the percentages for success was 75-80%. When I had my procedure in
    1997 the percentages were up to 97-98%. I had my procedure done in
    Hahnemann in Philadelphia. I wonder if because you had a different dx that
    your success rate was lower? Anyway, after watching your video I’m so had
    they never had to do that to me. I did have them place on me in case the
    adenosine didn’t work (this was when adenosine was still being tested.).
    But until I saw your video I didn’t know what they were…I was 19-20 the
    only time they place them on and I thought they were to monitor my heart

    One thing that I’ll mention, the pads they placed on me they could control
    the temperature. They put one on my chest and one on my back. They made
    them get very cold and it gave me a chill…boom! Perfect syno rhythm. Lol?

    • aatox
    • January 31, 2015

    Oh, I didn’t read the description before I wrote my earlier reply! So you
    were indeed unconscious here! I didn’t know one could actually talk and
    move about that much while under Propofol! I thought it was more like a
    comatose state. By the way, I’m scheduled for ablation in three weeks, hope
    for as great outcome as yours. Thanks for posting this! :)?

    • Kayleigh Smith
    • January 31, 2015

    My fiance has just went into a private room to get this done as his
    flecanide tablets didn’t stop the at.. He’s only 29 And this is the first
    time he is getting cardioverted… I am soon scared for him lol and after
    watching this video I now have a better understanding so thank you :-)?

    • aatox
    • January 31, 2015

    I didn’t even know this was done with the patient fully awake! Looks like a
    horrible experience! I’ve had cardioversion for a-fib like 30 times the
    past couple of years (last time was just this Tuesday), but every time
    totally unconscious thanks to “milk of amnesia” aka Propofol. Such a bliss
    to wake up and feel your heart beating in normal sinus again.?

    • montysimmons
    • January 31, 2015

    I had WPW (corrected via surgery) and had 4 episodes where my heart rate
    was betwen 230-and 300 bpm. I drove myself to the hospital and walked
    into the emergency room and requested to be cardioverted. When they took my
    pulse with a finger they would get something like 85 bpm (think about it,
    300 bpm is 5 beats per second – how fast can they count?) . So the docs
    would always freak out when they put the heart monitor on me. Three times
    they put me to sleep during the procedure. One time I was awake and they
    hit me twice with the electric juice. Not that bad. Like being punched in
    the chest.?

    • Dan Walter
    • January 31, 2015

    Here’s how they do it at Johns Hopkins: Botched Procedure by Hugh Calkins,
    Johns Hopkins Cardiology?

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