from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The restoration of the heartbeat to normal functioning by the application of electrical shock or by the use of medication.

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  • n. The treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, either with medication or by use of a machine (a cardioverter) that delivers a controlled electric current.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

cardio- + (con)version.


  • To correct your condition, doctors may be able to reset your heart to its regular rhythm (sinus rhythm) using a procedure called cardioversion, depending on the underlying cause of atrial fibrillation and how long you've had it.

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  • A well-placed source tells Us the actor, 57, underwent "cardioversion," a procedure that converts an abnormal heart rhythm back to a normal rhythm, on Wednesday night.

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  • Treatments include drugs and cardioversion, a procedure that delivers an electrical shock to the heart into a normal rhythm as well as ablation, mostly with devices that aren't specifically approved by the FDA to treat the condition.

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  • During that time she had her first electric shock cardioversion.

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  • But she did not respond to any of the various medications and she received cardioversion several times a day during her first month of life.

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  • There is a one in 8,000 chance that there can be a stroke or death from the cardioversion.

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  • Sometimes people will be in a persistent abnormal rhythm and, in fact, they have to have cardioversion, where they actually put electricity paddles on the chest and give the heart a little shock to shock is back into a normal rhythm.

    CNN Transcript Jun 25, 2009

  • They put me on toprol and coumadin assuming Id get cardioversion after 4 weeks.

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  • I try to start with the latter, which is pretty narrowly defined as no resuscitation with CPR/cardioversion/intubation, and then go from there.

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  • AM: patient A vomitted blood ++++. patient A went into VT. patient A went for urgent COROS. patient A got TVD. patient A has IABP. patient A for urgent CABG. patient B admitted for chest pain. patient B for cardioversion.

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