Ventricular Fibrillation Following Successful DC Cardioversion for Atrial Fibrillation


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Cardioversion remains an important therapy in the management of atrial fibrillation. Here, we report a case where direct current cardioversion resulted in a sudden dramatic change of heart rate that was associated with multiple ventricular fibrillation arrests in a manner akin to that previously observed post-atrioventricular node ablation. (PACE 2012;35:e361–e364)