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Merrill Krolick, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
average rating 5 stars (4 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Merrill Krolick is a general practitioner, adult cardiologist, and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL, Pembroke Pines, FL, and Miramar, FL. Dr. Krolick (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Vietnamese. These areas are among his clinical interests: coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Krolick is professionally affiliated with Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke, and Memorial Hospital West. He is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency training at a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). Dr. Krolick's average rating from his patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Krolick is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , emergency cardioversion, cardioversion

All Interests: Atrial Fibrillation, Mitral Stenosis, Cardiomyopathy, Aortic Stenosis, Enlarged Heart, ... (Read more)

Ronald Walsh, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Obstetrics & Gynecology
average rating 4.5 stars (5 ratings)
6006 49th Street North; Suite 200
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Ronald Walsh is a physician who specializes in general practice, adult cardiology, and interventional cardiology. Dr. Walsh (or staff) speaks the following languages: Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. Areas of expertise for Dr. Walsh include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and ventricular tachycardia. Dr. Walsh's professional affiliations include Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus, and Morton Plant Hospital. He attended Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at a hospital affiliated with Midwestern University. Dr. Walsh's average patient rating is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , emergency cardioversion, cardioversion

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Jesse Klein, MD
Specializes in General Practice, Adult Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology
560 Jackson Street North; Suite 100
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Jesse Klein is a general practitioner, adult cardiologist, and interventional cardiologist in Largo, FL and Saint Petersburg, FL. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine and Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. For his professional training, Dr. Klein completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Minnesota. Areas of expertise for Dr. Klein include coronary angiogram, pericarditis, and syncope (fainting). Dr. Klein accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Gold, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Klein (or staff) is conversant in Arabic, Spanish, and Chinese. He is affiliated with The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) Downtown Office, Largo Medical Center - Indian Rocks Road Campus, and The Heart Institute (St. Petersburg and Largo, FL) at Northside Hospital Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , emergency cardioversion, cardioversion

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What is Cardioversion?

Cardioversion is treatment for an irregular heartbeat, called arrhythmia. Arrhythmias happen when the delicate internal electrical system of the heart stops working correctly. For example, in atrial fibrillation the heart muscle makes short, fast, quivering movements instead of contracting. When the heart beats out of rhythm, it does not pump blood effectively, which can be dangerous. Cardioversion restores a normal heartbeat using electrical stimulation or medications.

When electrical stimulation is delivered from outside the body, the procedure is called external cardioversion. External cardioversion is performed when a person’s heart is beating so poorly that serious damage is likely to occur without intervention. It may be done as either an elective procedure or in an emergency situation. If done as an elective procedure, the patient would receive the treatment during a scheduled appointment with his or her physician. The patient is given blood thinners to reduce the risk of blood clots, as well as sedatives to help keep him or her comfortable. Two electrical paddles or electrode patches are applied to the chest, and sometimes also to the back. A quick electrical shock is applied, which resets the beating of the heart. It may take more than one shock. The whole procedure takes less than 30 minutes, and recovery is quick. The heart is carefully monitored for the next 24 – 48 hours to make sure it is beating correctly.

Electrical stimulation may also be delivered from inside the heart. This type of treatment is called internal cardioversion. During internal cardioversion, the shock is given via catheter, or a thin, flexible tube, that is inserted in a vein in the leg and threaded to the heart. The patient is asleep during the procedure. The electrical shock from internal cardioversion is much smaller compared to the shock from external cardioversion.

Cardioversion may also be administered in the form of medications, called anti-arrhythmics. These medications alter the flow of electricity through the heart, which can help it contract effectively. Anti-arrhythmics may be given by mouth at home or through an IV in the hospital. In both cases, the heart is carefully monitored to make sure the treatment is working.

If cardioversion is unsuccessful, an implantable device such as a pacemaker or ICD may be used. These small devices are placed under the skin of the chest, and they use a battery and small wires to keep the heart beating on time.

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