Should All Patients Undergo Transesophageal Echocardiography Before Electrical Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation

  • B. De Piccoli
  • F. Rigo
  • M. Ragazzo
Conference paper


Electrical cardioversion may be complicated by cerebral, systemic, and pulmonary embolic events in 0.6%–7% (1–3) of patients undergoing the procedure. Thromboembolism has been attributed to the dislodgment of preformed thrombus from the left atrium (LA) or left atrial appendage (LAA) with the resumption of sinus rhythm and atrial contraction (4).


Atrial Fibrillation Left Atrium Mitral Valve Disease Electrical Cardioversion Leave Atrial Appendage Thrombus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. De Piccoli
    • 1
  • F. Rigo
    • 1
  • M. Ragazzo
    • 1
  1. 1.Divisione di CardiologiaOspedale Umberto IMestre-VeniceItaly

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