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Cardiac Centre Clinics

Elective DC Cardioversion

Who

In carefully selected patients it is possible to convert the abnormal rhythms of Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter to normal Sinus Rhythm by Direct Current Cardioversion under General Anaesthetic.

What

Patients are asked to attend a Pre-Clerking Clinic in advance for physical examination, chest X-ray, ECG, ECHO and blood tests. The procedure is explained thoroughly at this time and outstanding questions are addressed.

Details of the procedure are in the document: A Patient's Guide to DC Cardioversion

When

Tuesday and occasionally Friday

How

Suitable patients are referred by a Cardiologist following on Outpatient Clinic consultation or hospital admission.

Appointments are made by Sister Hester Davies, Pre-admission Nurse

Where

Cardiac Ward, 2nd Floor Central, Royal United Hospital, Bath


Preparation

Please:

  • Check INR weekly from receipt of the clinic letter advising forthcoming DC cardioversion. INR must be >2 for 4 weeks to minimise risk of stroke during the procedure. Sister Davies checks the results with the Pathology Laboratory and arranges an admission date accordingly.
  • Check thyroid function

Please refer to the Patient Information


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