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If your heart is beating irregularly, cardioversion can help return your heart’s rhythm to normal.
By choosing to have your cardioversion at a Circle Health hospital, you’ll benefit from:
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We will be able to give you a fixed cost for cardioversion following an initial consultation.
Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.
|Patient pathway||Initial consultation||Diagnostic Investigations||Main treatment||Post discharge care||Guide price|
|Hospital fees||N/A||Not included||£2,175||Included||£2,175|
|Consultants fees from||£200||N/A||Included||Included||£200|
Two common forms of cardioversion are:
Usually performed under general anaesthetic, small electrical pulses are administered to the heart to restore normal heart rhythm. The procedure normally takes a few minutes and is generally painless.
Chemical cardioversion (also referred to as 'pharmacologic cardioversion') uses anti-arrhythmic medication to restore normal heart beat. Chemical cardioversion is a longer term option and can also be used as aftercare support for electrical cardioversion.
If you need urgent cardioversion, there will be little preparation needed.
Your consultant may subscribe anti-coagulant medication and perform some scans to check that cardioversion is appropriate for your condition and safe to perform.
Your consultant will likely prescribe a course of anti-coagulant and anti-arrhythmic medicines in the lead up to your procedure.
You may need to fast before the procedure and it's advised that all patients avoid applying lotions, creams or cosmetic products to their chest on the day of the procedure, as this can interfere with the equipment.
Due to the general anaesthetic used, patients should not drive, drink alcohol or operate heavy machinery in the 24 hours following the procedure.
Due to the electricity administered, some patients find their skin can be sore and red immediately following cardioversion, however this should ease within a couple of days.
Your consultant may prescribe medicine to support the cardioversion, it's important that you continue to take the medicine for the entire course, or as long as your consultant advises.
To mitigate this risk, your consultant will give you anti-coagulant medicine when appropriate. This medicine prevents blood clots and breaks up existing clots.
There is a risk that cardioversion can cause additional issues with your heartbeat. This is very rare and is usually not serious.
As with any procedure involving sedation, you may have an adverse reaction to the anaesthetic. All Circle Health hospitals are prepared to treat such reactions and they are rare.
This is usually determined by whether you've fully recovered from cardioversion and if any arrhythmia problems persist.
If you're planning to travel with any heart condition, we recommend letting your airline know and checking your coverage with your travel insurer.