For most people, cardioversion can quickly restore a regular heartbeat. For some, your irregular heart rhythm may return within a few minutes or days. It's possible you'll need repeat procedures to keep a normal heart rhythm.

To keep your heart healthy, you may need to make lifestyle changes that improve the overall health of your heart, especially to prevent or treat conditions that can cause arrhythmias, such as high blood pressure. Your doctor may suggest that you:

  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Use less salt (sodium), which can help lower blood pressure.
  • Increase your physical activity.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Avoid drinking more than one drink of alcohol for women or more than two drinks for men a day, if you choose to drink at all.
  • Eat heart-healthy foods and maintain a healthy weight.
Jun. 24, 2011