It is a medical procedure performed to restore abnormal heartbeat of the patient to a normal rhythm. An irregular or fast heartbeat is termed as arrhythmia which makes your heart unable to pump enough blood to your body. In this case, the patient may succumb to heart attack, stroke or an unexpected cardiac arrest.
Usually, drinks and food are not allowed for nearly 12 hours before the procedure
Since you’re exposed to the formation of dangerous blood clots, the doctor may prescribe anti-clotting drug for a few weeks before and even after the medical treatment.
The doctor may put you through transesophageal echocardiogram where a thin flexible tube called catheter conjoined with a transducer is put down into your throat leading to the esophagus, which connects your mouth to your stomach. It is transducer that helps the doctor in taking more vivid images of your heart to check for blood clots.
After the procedure, the team of health care closely monitors you for any signs of complications. You may still be in a semi-conscious state because of the effect of drug so you’ll need someone who can drive you home.
Besides, there may be some soreness or redness on your chest where the paddles were placed which will disappear within a few days.
In addition to these, your doctor may ask you to: • Maintain your body weight and eat light and healthy • Quit smoking • Avoid or limit the intake of caffeine • Avoid heavy medications that contain stimulants that may set off a rapid heartbeat
Cost: The procedure usually costs from 3-4 lakh rupees.
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