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Direct Current Cardioversion (DCCV) - Coastal Cardiology

This is a procedure that can be used to restore the normal rhythm of the heart, commonly after arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation and flutter. It is often used in addition as a diagnostic test, to see if a patient actually feels better in ‘normal’ rhythm. It involves either heavy sedation or a very short general anaesthetic, during which time sticky pads are placed on the chest and an electric shock is delivered. It sounds very dramatic, but is a standard, safe cardiac procedure.