Cardioversion is a medical procedure that restores a normal heart rhythm in people with certain types of abnormal heartbeats (arrhythmias). Cardioversion is usually done by sending electric shocks to your heart through electrodes placed on your chest. It's also possible to do cardioversion with medications. Why it's done Cardioversion can correct a heartbeat that's too fast (tachycardia) or irregular (fibrillation).
Cardioversion is usually used to treat people who have atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter. These conditions occur when the electrical signals that normally make your heartbeat at a regular rate don't travel properly through the upper chambers of your heart. For more information, read our Coronary Angioplasty Cost Guide.