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12 days post ablation


Hi all. Just an update. I'm doing ok and feeling good. But I'm not doing anything much. Not sure how to proceed now. I haven't been out of the house yet and think I might take the plunge today. It feels a bit scarey! I did venture down the garden and wandered a bit the other day but went really dizzy when I got back inside. Any tips on a gradual integration back to normality?

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It's good to know that you are doing well and that your heart is behaving.

Some time ago I was helping at a charity lunch and burnt the back of my hand on an unstable grill. Over the course of the next few weeks I watched the blisters subside and then the skin heal. It occurred to me that this was something like the scarring process within my heart after the ablation. It all takes time!

Don't go far initially. Always have flecainide as a pip in your wallet. Be prepared to sit down and rest wherever you are.

A good motto is " Festina lente." Latin for "hasten slowly."

Very best wishes..

NanT in reply to jennydog

Thank you for that. I will take your advice. Teresa

Hello NanT, similar to you, 13 days since Ab. All ok so far as in No Afib. I've done nothing much either, just helped (debatable) with some household chores. Have driven short distances, no dizzyness but quite tired. Hope I feel more like doing something soon. I like to have something to do, but I must restrain myself I feel. I suppose the old adage 'we are all different' is apt and what works for one etc.

NanT in reply to checkmypulse

Thank you for that. I am like you, I don't like to be idle. But I will take my time and heed my body's messages.

I'm over three months post second ablation and my advice is listen to your body. Take it easy for as long as you need to. Don't push yourself too hard and give your heart time to heal. I'm still not at full strength but I also have anxiety so fear also plays a part. Be guided by you trust your instinct as it seems everyone is different. Good luck I hope the op has been a success! Keep us posted x

NanT in reply to Devine75

Thank you Devine. Yes, anxiety is a big thing. It's not like having a burn on your arm or something. You can't actually see it healing so you don't know how hard to push yourself. But yes, I will try to have patience and listen to my body. Teresa


When I had my cryoablation they had to go into the left atrium. The entire procedure lasted about 4 1/2 hours. It was done on a Thursday and I went back to work the following Monday 4 later.

The worst part of the whole ordeal for me was the insertion points for the catheters. I had some bleeding and lots of bruising which caused bumps. They eventually went away but it took a while.

I would've taken more time to rest up if I could have and I don't recommend going back to your usual routine until you are healed up and ready. It's best just to listen to your body. You will know when you're ready.

Good luck!

NanT in reply to Skunizzi

Wow. You were brave. Not under any pressure to get back working so will take my time. Thanks for your input.

Skunizzi in reply to NanT

It's not being brave when you have no choice. Take it easy if you can.

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