@misc{cogprints4595, volume = {5}, number = {4}, month = {October}, author = {Simon J Walsh and Ben M Glover and AA Jennifer Adgey}, editor = {Balbir Singh and Yash Lokhandwala and Johnson Francis and Anup Gupta}, title = {The Role of Biphasic Shocks for Transthoracic Cardioversion of Atrial Fibrillation }, publisher = {Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Group}, year = {2005}, journal = {Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal}, pages = {289--295}, keywords = {Atrial fibrillation, defibrillation, direct current cardioversion, biphasic waveform }, url = {http://cogprints.org/4595/}, abstract = {The modern generation of transthoracic defibrillators now employ impedance compensated biphasic waveforms. These new devices are superior to those with monophasic waveforms and practice is currently switching to biphasic defibrillators for the treatment of both ventricular and atrial fibrillation. However, there is no universal guideline for the use of biphasic defibrillators in direct current cardioversion of atrial fibrillation. This article reviews the use of biphasic defibrillation waveforms for transthoracic cardioversion of atrial fibrillation. } }