Cardioversion is often used to terminate cardiac arrhythmias, such as persistent atrial fibrillation.
During cardioversion, patients are often given intravenous medication to cause sedation.
Conscious sedation, as the term implies, is sedation without rendering the patient completely unconscious.
The key to sedation during cardioversion is to administer enough medication to prevent recall of the procedure, but not so much that cardiorespiratory function is compromised.
Correction of these problems and early, aggressive developmental therapy contribute to remarkably longer, more community-involved and more productive lives for people with Down syndrome.