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Bjensen54, January 6,  2019  1:23am EST

Newly Diagnosed AFIB with blood clot in heart

Hello All

I went to ER first week of November 2018.  Found Blood Clot in my heart and started me on 4 different meds.

I am now in sinus rhythm for the last two months, but Cardiologist has referred me to an ablation specialist. My question is before they perform the ablation will they do the procedure to make sure my clot is gone? How will they determine the clot is gone?

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  • Patio
    Patio, January 6,  2019  6:31am EST

    Others will have specific experience to add however you can be assured your doctor will make certain the clot is gone. Likely a TTE will be done. This is a simple test where,with some anesthesia a tube with ability to “see” if you have a clot , is inserted down through the mouth and esophagus. It is often done before electric cardioversion as well. May be other tests that others will tell you about, but you needn’t worry.  Good luck. Think you will find this site helpful. 

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, January 6,  2019  1:53pm EST

    As mentioned, a Transesophageal Echo (TEE) can be used to determine if the clot is still there. Clots don't typically dissolve on their own, so what meds did they give you?


  • Jeanamo815
    Jeanamo815, January 6,  2019  6:43pm EST

    Welcome Bjensen54 ! 

    I agree that you can rest assured that your doctor will be certain there is no longer a clot in your heart before doing a procedure.  As the others mentioned, you will have a TEE....a transesophageal Echo... to be sure there are no clots in your heart.  This is usually done while  you are sedated... and often it is done immediately before the procedure so the EP can be sure that there are no clots present at that time.  While you are sedated, a tube will be inserted in your esphagus so that a close up echocardiogram can  be taken of your heart. This will give your doctor the information he/she needs to proceed with the ablation.   I hope the medicines that you have been taking have been successful in eliminating the clot and that you can have the ablation if that is what your doctor recommends. 

    Let us know how you are doing!

    Wishing you the best,


    (My A-Fib Experience Community Leader)

  • Bjensen54
    Bjensen54, January 11,  2019  4:44pm EST

    Thank all of you for the information. I had the TEE done in the hospital when I was admitted with AFIB. My cardiologist has referred me to a physician that does Ablation to see if I qualify. I am currently taking Eliquis 5mg and Cartia XT. 

    I was told it might take 6 weeks for the clot to dissolve on its own. I feel lucky that they found the clot.


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