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J Vet Cardiol. 2009 Dec;11(2):137-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jvc.2009.10.001. Epub 2009 Nov 13.

Avoiding medical error during electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation: prevention of unsynchronized shock delivery.

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  • 1Section of Cardiology, Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, PO Box 100126, FL 32610-0126, USA.


Electrical cardioversion of atrial fibrillation is now commonly performed in veterinary medicine. Successful timing of the delivery of energy is important in order to avoid ventricular fibrillation. This brief communication describes how to ensure that proper energy delivery is performed.

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