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Anesthesia for Cardioversion

  • Michele L. SumlerEmail author
  • McKenzie Hollon


A commonly performed off site procedure requiring anesthesia is an elective cardioversion. Cardioversion is often a brief, yet painful procedure which utilizes an electrical current applied transcutaneously to the patient’s chest for the treatment of cardiac dysrhythmias. The anesthetic management of cardioversion can vary widely based on the setting, patient, and provider. General anesthesia, with or without airway control, is often indicated. There are several unique anesthetic considerations to be taken into account for preoperative assessment, optimization of current medical conditions, and preparation of an anesthetic plan for an elective cardioversion. Additionally, knowledge of the procedure and the underlying physiology and pathology of cardiac dysrhythmias assists the anesthesiologist in preparing for management of adverse events.


Synchronized cardioversion Atrial fibrillation Arrythmias Off-site anesthetic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnesthesiologyEmory University HospitalAtlantaUSA

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