Equis ISSN 2398-2977

Transvenous cardioversion

Contributor(s): Lesley Young, Karen Blissitt, Romain Pariaut

Introduction

  • Transvenous cardioversion (TVEC) is a complex procedure requiring trained personnel with a high degree of specialist knowledge.

Uses

Advantages

  • Controllable.
  • Minimal morbidity.
  • Efficacious.
  • Predictable.
  • Best for atrial fibrillation or chronic or unknown duration.

Disadvantages

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Prognosis

  • Good, will return to previous level of performance, if sinus rhythm is maintained.

Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • van Loon G (2019) Cardiac arrhythmias in horses. Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract 35 (1), 85-102 PubMed.
  • Vernemmem I, De Clercq D, Decloedt A et al (2019) Atrial premature depolarisations five days post electrical cardioversion are related to atrial fibrillation recurrence risk in horses. Equine Vet J 4, PubMed.
  • McGurrin M K, Physick-Sheard P W & Kenney D G (2008) Transvenous electrical cardioversion of equine atrial fibrillation: patient factors and clinical results in 72 treatment episodes. J Vet Intern Med 22 (3), 609-615 PubMed.
  • McGurrin M K, Physick-Sheard P W, Kenney D G, Kerr C & Hanna W J (2005) Transvenous electrical cardioversion of equine atrial fibrillation: technical considerations. J Vet Intern Med 19 (5), 695-702 PubMed.

Organisation(s)

  • University of Edinburgh. Website: www.ed.ac.uk/vet.
  • Professor Lesley Young BVSc DVA DVC DipECEIM PhD MRCVS, Specialist Equine Cardiology Services, UK.


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