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La cardioversión - Medical Animation

 

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La cardioversión - Medical Animation
MEDICAL ANIMATION TRANSCRIPT: Si su ritmo cardíaco es anormal, es posible que su médico realice una electro-cardioversión, en la que se utiliza una descarga eléctrica para normalizar sus latidos. El corazón normalmente late a un ritmo regular de 60 a 100 latidos por minuto. Este ritmo estable y coordinado permite que el corazón bombee sangre de manera eficaz. Las señales eléctricas que viajan a través del corazón, controlan el ritmo cardíaco. Estas señales eléctricas comienzan en un grupo de células denominadas "nódulo sinoauricular" o "marcapasos". El nódulo sinoauricular o nódulo SA, se encuentra en la pared de la cámara superior derecha de la pared del corazón denominada "atrio derecho". Cuando las señales eléctricas llegan al músculo del corazón, hacen que este se contraiga y bombee sangre. Al ritmo cardíaco anormal se le denomina "arritmia". Durante la fibrilación atrial, el atrio se agita debido a las señales eléctricas caóticas en el corazón, lo que da como resultado latidos irregulares o anormalmente rápidos. Debido a los latidos anormales, es posible que la sangre se acumule en el atrio, lo que puede ocasionar que se forme un coágulo de sangre. Si el coágulo de sangre ingresa a la circulación general, podría causar un accidente cerebro-vascular. Antes del procedimiento se le conectará a una vía intravenosa. Usted será sedado de modo que dormirá durante el procedimiento. Los electrodos de EKG se colocarán en su pecho para controlar la actividad eléctrica de su corazón. Una vez sedado, se colocarán almohadillas o paletas de cardioversión especiales sobre la piel de su pecho, o en su pecho y espalda. Estas almohadillas o paletas, aplicarán un disparo eléctrico a través de su pecho hasta su corazón. Es posible que se repita el disparo varias veces hasta que el corazón recupere su ritmo normal. Después de la cardioversión eléctrica se le controlará de cerca en una sala de recuperación o en la unidad de cuidados coronarios del hospital. Una vez que desaparezcan los efectos del sedante y usted se encuentre en una condición estable, podrá volver a casa.

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