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What if You Don't Have Pharmaceutical Cardioversion

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Presentation: Pharmaceutical Cardioversion
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You always have the option to do nothing.
But it is important to realize that a heart condition left untreated can lead to serious health problems. If you have abnormal heartbeats called atrial fibrillation, not having this procedure puts you at a 5 times greater risk of developing a stroke.
So, there are risks involved if you choose not to have the procedure.
If you decline the procedure, your doctor can provide you with medicine and therapy based on your heart's condition, other tests and observations. With certain heart problems medication is NOT enough to keep your condition from getting worse and prevent stroke, heart attack, or even loss of life.

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