Electrical Cardioversion: This procedure involves delivering a shock to your heart much like a defibrillator would only with a smaller amount of electricity. If you are scheduled to have a cardioversion, you will come in to the Heart Institute for the day. You will be given a medication to help you sleep and relax. Once this medication has taken effect, the defibrillator pads will be placed on your chest and a small shock will be delivered. You will not remember the shock and you will not feel any pain. After the procedure, your doctor may start you on a rhythm control medication to help your heart to stay in normal rhythm.
Catheter Ablation:This procedure involves inserting thin wires through the veins in your groin or neck. The tip of the ablation catheter is directed toward the areas in your heart that are firing off the irregular impulses. Once properly positioned, the catheter delivers a small radiofrequency electrical current to burn out the tiny areas.