Cardioversion (Electric Shock Treatment)
Cardioversion is a treatment often used to correct irregular heartbeats. An electrical signal is sent to the heart via electrodes attached to the chest. These are connected to a defibrillator machine which displays your heartbeat on a screen, allowing doctors to monitor you and see when the treatment has been effective.
If you have this procedure you will usually be given a short acting general anaesthetic, or possibly even heavily sedated, so you are unaware of what is happening and the experience is pain-free. The treatment will be performed within your local hospital with the support of an anaesthetist and should take no longer than ten minutes.