DCCV (Direct Current Cardioversion) is a medical procedure that uses electrical shocks to restore a normal heartbeat in patients with an abnormal heart rhythm. Here is some information that may be helpful for patients undergoing DCCV:
The purpose of DCCV is to restore a normal heart rhythm in patients with an abnormal heart rhythm such as atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter.
Patients may need to fast for several hours before the procedure and should inform their healthcare provider of any medications they are taking.
During the procedure, the patient will be sedated and electrodes will be placed on the chest. The healthcare provider will deliver an electrical shock through the electrodes to restore a normal heartbeat.
The procedure typically takes only a few minutes to complete.
DCCV is generally considered safe, but there is a small risk of complications such as skin burns, blood clots, and irregular heart rhythms.
Patients will be monitored for a short period after the procedure before being discharged. Patients may experience some discomfort or soreness in the chest after the procedure.
It’s important for patients to discuss any questions or concerns they may have about DCCV with their healthcare provider. Patients should also inform their healthcare provider if they experience any new symptoms or changes in their condition after the procedure.