Electric Shock for Atrial Fibrillation: Is it Dangerous?

Dr. Kirk Laman: Wholehearted Cardiologist Health Pro September 21, 2009
  • “You want to do what?” she asked.   “Because you have Atrial Fibrillation, I’d like to schedule you for an electrical cardioversion,” I said. A middle-aged woman with Atrial Fibrillation was in my office.  She was suffering with symptoms of fatigue and ...

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  • Shawn
    Sep. 13, 2014

    What I can't believe is that no person out there has never felt one of these! I have had the displeasure of having this procedure 6 times over the last 5 years (recently on 08/28/2014). I have felt every single one, even though my cardioligist has given me the max. amount of morphine he can in the state of California. It always gived me a big "BOOM" in my head...

    RHMLucky777

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    What I can't believe is that no person out there has never felt one of these! I have had the displeasure of having this procedure 6 times over the last 5 years (recently on 08/28/2014). I have felt every single one, even though my cardioligist has given me the max. amount of morphine he can in the state of California. It always gived me a big "BOOM" in my head and feels like someone has hit me in the head ith a sledge hammer.  Any one else experience this?

  • Anonymous
    Colin
    Nov. 14, 2012

    My wife at 57 has atrial fibulation and was recently hospitalised. They shocked the heart and she resumed normal rythym but only for 3 hours. A second shock helped resume normal rythm again but it was only an improvement instead of a totally healthy result. She has been on medication for the last 4 weeks that includes blood thinning agents, (Warafin), and will...

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    My wife at 57 has atrial fibulation and was recently hospitalised. They shocked the heart and she resumed normal rythym but only for 3 hours. A second shock helped resume normal rythm again but it was only an improvement instead of a totally healthy result. She has been on medication for the last 4 weeks that includes blood thinning agents, (Warafin), and will go back for another shock in a few days. The cause of the abnormal rythm is a faulty, (Leaking) heart valve. The plan is to get the heart beating as normal as possible given the circumstances. The long term plan is to repair the faulty valve. Interestingly the risk factors for atrial fibulation that I have googled have not included hereditory factors. Wifes oldest brother died at 57(sudden heart attack) Second brother died at 58 (Heart attack), Youngest brother who is 47 also has the same heart disfunction and is also receiving treatment. Both her parents died of strokes. Father at 66 and mother at 68. Too much of a coincidence to ignore the hereditory factor..........No one in the family are considered over weight and wifes brothers did not drink or smoke. Both worked out at the gym and seem to lead healthy lifestyles. I drink,smoke,do not exercise,work in a stressful job and have a healthy heart. All seems so very unfair...........

  • badaw
    May. 03, 2012

    my mom will undergo Transesophageal Echocardiogram and Electrical Cardioversion tomorrow. i googled to know about these procedures. reading the article helped reduced my fears. i just hope everything will turn out alright. thank you.

  • Anonymous
    anon
    Aug. 08, 2011

    please be advised that death is a possiblity from this procedure.  we were told the worst they'd seen in 30 years was that someone had to stay overnight.  he died instead.

     

    • Phil1
      Dec. 28, 2011

      Death is always a possibility with or without the treatment. The treatment is always an option and it is to prolong life. The patient is completely sedated during the proceedure. It is rather amazing reading a few of the completely misinformed and ignorant responses by third parties here. Yes I have AF and I will most likely be doing the treatment in Feb. '12,...

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      Death is always a possibility with or without the treatment. The treatment is always an option and it is to prolong life. The patient is completely sedated during the proceedure. It is rather amazing reading a few of the completely misinformed and ignorant responses by third parties here. Yes I have AF and I will most likely be doing the treatment in Feb. '12, male, age 75.

       

      I would suggest two opinions by two doctors and make up your own mind, it is an optional treatment protocol. Do your own research as well and flush the idiot relatives and friends. 

  • alayne
    Apr. 27, 2011

    very helpful. My husband 62, god health etc is scheduled for this shock MAY 6 here in Anchorage Alaska with the Alaska Heart Institue. To read about what this procedure is was so helpful to me , his wife.  He has had the ecocardiagram last week and his Doctor said he is a good to go for this procedure- I have Blue Cross Insurance, with $10,000 deducatable-...

    RHMLucky777

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    very helpful. My husband 62, god health etc is scheduled for this shock MAY 6 here in Anchorage Alaska with the Alaska Heart Institue. To read about what this procedure is was so helpful to me , his wife.  He has had the ecocardiagram last week and his Doctor said he is a good to go for this procedure- I have Blue Cross Insurance, with $10,000 deducatable- the ofice visit was $390, the ecocarido test $1,600...now this "shock"...of course, we are so grateful for decent care here in Alaska but I kep wondering how much this is going to run us also.....

  • SC
    SC
    Mar. 25, 2010

    Reading you're information was extremely comforting!!!!!!!!!!!

    someone I love very much is having this done soon and we were very worried and didn't know what to expect...

     

    Thank you very much,

    SC

    • Patreicia
      Jul. 20, 2010

      Yes my mum is going to have this done very soon, i have to admit even though the statement about having a heart attack is not very comforting, i have been thinking the same thing but for my mum, it's the case of having the chance to have a normal life and hopefully get off the warfrin, or carry on with a dodgy heart and have a pace maker that is going...

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      Yes my mum is going to have this done very soon, i have to admit even though the statement about having a heart attack is not very comforting, i have been thinking the same thing but for my mum, it's the case of having the chance to have a normal life and hopefully get off the warfrin, or carry on with a dodgy heart and have a pace maker that is going to be connected to the heart, which i think is more risky, but brilliant idea if al goes well.

       

      You no what i think it's like any thing in life there is always a risk, the machine just helps to correct the heart, but ultamatley the doctors are not playing god, god is, and he decides. 

       

       

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Oct. 31, 2009

    How do you know you can restart the Heart? How do you know that the patient won't have a heart attack as a result? How do you know that it won't take you a while to get the Heart started back up and end up with brain damage?

     

    It seems to me these Doctors are trying to play God with people's lives and playing with the families emotions. I don't think they...

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    How do you know you can restart the Heart? How do you know that the patient won't have a heart attack as a result? How do you know that it won't take you a while to get the Heart started back up and end up with brain damage?

     

    It seems to me these Doctors are trying to play God with people's lives and playing with the families emotions. I don't think they would be so quick to recomend this procedure if it were them or their loved one.

     

    I don't want to loose my Mother and her Cardiologist has talked her into doing this barbaric procedure, with the promise that she won't have any problems with her Heart after the procedure. If my Mom ends up on dying from this barbaric procedure I for one plan on going to that Quack and looking him straight in the eye and letting him know that I know he murdered my Mother. This is just plain wrong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Ted
      Ted
      Mar. 25, 2012

      I felt the same way as you when I was told by my Cardioligist that I should have it done and I was very worried. However, after speaking with my Family Dr., as well as another Cardioligist, I decided to do it. There was nothing to it! It was over before I realized it had been done.....and the best part, is that it put my heart back into rythmn!! So, so far,...

      RHMLucky777

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      I felt the same way as you when I was told by my Cardioligist that I should have it done and I was very worried. However, after speaking with my Family Dr., as well as another Cardioligist, I decided to do it. There was nothing to it! It was over before I realized it had been done.....and the best part, is that it put my heart back into rythmn!! So, so far, so good.........and I would not hesitate to have it done a second time if necessary.

       

      I hope this helps.