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Cardioversion

Contact Us

Heart & Vascular Centre, Mater Private Network, 72 Eccles Street,
Dublin 7, D07 RD8P
1800 20 05 50 Outside ROI +353 (0)51 595 124 heartcentre@materprivate.ie

Please note a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

Heart & Vascular Centre, 2nd Floor, Mater Private Network, Citygate, Mahon,
Cork, T12 K199
021 601 3258 corkcardiology@materprivate.ie

Please note a referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

Useful Information

About this service

Cardioversion is a procedure which restores the heartbeat to a normal rhythm.  

This involves a controlled electrical shock which is delivered to the heart through paddles or patches (electrodes) attached to your chest and connected to a defibrillator. The electrical current passes through the heart muscle and restores the heartbeat to a normal, controlled rhythm.  

Most cardioversions are performed to treat an irregular heartbeat such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter and atrial tachycardia. 

This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to perform. You will not be awake while the procedure is taking place. You should expect to be in the hospital for two to three hours prior to the procedure. You will be monitored closely afterwards and usually discharged on the same day, once your condition is stable.