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Electrical cardioversion during pregnancy: safe or not?

By C. H. N. Tromp, A. C. M. Nanne, P. J. M. Pernet, R. Tukkie and A. C. Bolte

Abstract

Two pregnant patients with a sustained symptomatic maternal supraventricular arrhythmia are presented. Both patients were treated with direct-current cardioversion. Electrical cardioversion during pregnancy is a rarely applied but highly effective procedure in the treatment of maternal cardiac arrhythmias and is assumed safe for both mother and child. However, once foetal viability is reached, monitoring of the foetal heart rate is advised and facilities for immediate caesarean section should be available

Topics: Case Report
Publisher: Bohn Stafleu van Loghum
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