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rjrsm, May 18,  2018  7:42am EST

After First Ablation

I had my ablation (first, and hope last) a week and half ago. According to the EP, all went well and 80-90% chance of success. I was put on multaq and sucralfate and continue with Xarelto. Luckily, no pain or major issues following the procedure with the exception of not feeling very energized. My cardiologist checked my BP which was low (106-60). As I am also on 20MG of Lisnopril, the cardiologist suggested maybe reducing it to 10MG. I guess because I’ve never had a real health issue before afib, I keep anticipating all will fail and back I’ll go into irregular heart beat. Maybe I’m being to inpatient, but does any of what I describe fit what others experienced after an ablation?

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  • depotdoug
    depotdoug, May 18,  2018  8:25am EST

    Yes, no complications are good news. And BP 106-60 is extremely low compared to my 130/72’s or there about. I too thought I’d never have cardiac problems until my SCA(sudden Cardiac Arrest) now 7 yrs 6 days ago. Side effects of my life living eating unhealthy choices. My life has changed dramatically in the last 3 yrs. 

    Exercising daily, usually 2X daily and loving it. My first Cryo-ablation PVI type was April 2014. Last Cardioversion July 20, 2016. Successful YES! My last only God knows.Thanks for sharing rjrsm.

  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, May 18,  2018  9:33am EST

    I had my first ablation on Monday.  I had a minor episode on Wednesday lasting 15 minutes. That fear of failure and impatience strikes me as being kind of a hallmark of this condition. It seems that it comes on when it comes in and stays until it stops. People talk about triggers, but I sure haven’t found them for me. So we have faith in our EP, go thru a pretty rigorous process with no guarantees and wait and see. It’s not like having a broken bone or a cut that needs stitches.

    so, yes your reaction seems pretty similar.

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, May 19,  2018  10:52am EST

    Even if you do have some rhythm disturbances, don't worry about them during the first three or so months after the ablation as that is the healing period and is to be expected.

    Your heart is inflamed from being worked on and bumps and thumps are normal during the first few months. A lot of folks get freaked when that happens but it is totally normal. In fact, some research presented at medical conferences has indicated that if you do have some afib during the first few months, that you will likely go on to have more durable lesions and less likelihood of afib later. It's an indication of aggressive treatment that has more likelihood of success.


  • Edhammer
    Edhammer, May 19,  2018  1:30pm EST


    My doc said I might well have episodes. So I’m not a bit worried. Interesting that episodes might be a good thing. No, I’m sure I won’t be requesting more, but I will be hopeful that the research is correct. I’m feeling positive about goi g thru the ablation. Funny thing, for several months I have dreaded going to sleep since most episodes occurred at night and would wake me up. I just realized that for the past couple of nights that dread is gone.

  • MellanieSAF
    MellanieSAF, May 20,  2018  10:57am EST


    Glad the dread of sleep is gone so your body can now rest. Sleep is crucial to healing.


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