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Day two after ablation(s), so far so good!

Thank you to all who wished me luck, had ablations for flutter and a fib - first on list at Papworth on Monday, was under anaesthetic by 8.30 am and back on ward by about 2pm. Whilst doing the procedure they discovered a third arrhythmia- atrial tachycardia, which I had actually felt as very different to the other two, several times in the last few months, but had never been diagnosed or recorded. As I had been under for some time they did a small amount of 'burning' but this one may need further work. They are pleased with the work done to curtail the other two, so fingers crossed for successful outcome.

I felt reasonably ok Monday afternoon after I had fully woken up, apart from very uncomfortable after effects of bladder catheter, and using a bed pan lying down is not very easy for those of us of the female persuasion! And a banging headache which persisted until Tuesday night.

My chest wasn't too bad to start with but think that was because of the anaesthetic and/or pain relief I was given during the procedure. The pains increased during yesterday and I found it difficult to sleep last night, laying flat was the worst, but I took some more paracetamol early hours and feel quite comfortable now - but wide awake (5 am). I had very little bleeding from the entry wounds in groin, and at the moment not much bruising.

I think I may actually treat myself to a day in front of the telly today- I don't find it easy to be looked after, but am staying with my daughter and know I need to rest a bit!

So that's the hard bit done and whilst not a pleasant experience it was not as bad as I had feared!

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Thats good news Angie. Take it easy today and let your daughter look after you. Heather


Hi Angie,

Well Done, now make sure you get plenty of rest.

Best Wishes



All very familiar! Take it easy now the worst is over,

Be well!

Wendi x


Rest a bit??? A LOT!!!!!!!!! You must take it easy for at least a week and not much more for the second. Just because you do not have a zip up your chest does not mean that your heart hasn't had a good kicking so let it heal.

Well done



Good news. However it is now two weeks of doing very little!


Well in fact I was told by hospital first week only things to do were tv remote, phone and iPad. Second week not too much more!!!!


Hi - glad it went well for you.

I like the idea of being looked after .

Dont over do it and undo the good work .

I guess your worry now is to rest a lot , keep occupied and not get bored silly


It’s always good to read how well people are doing post ablation. I’m now 2 months post ablation. I feel really positive about the experience. I will emphasize that while ablation seems to be becoming somewhat routine, it still is a big deal to your heart. So take recovery slowly and do listen to your body. Be prepared for little hiccups now and then as you recover. My heart rate seems to increase faster than it used to, I’ll feel an extra beat once in awhile. My EP says those little things are normal. I think we may become oversensitized to our heart after living with afib. Best to relax, but stay aware.


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