I thought I would write to say that I had my first (hopefully, only) Catheter Ablation at a famous London hospital 2 weeks ago. All went well, apparently, except when it turned out there was a complication and I was there for 3 hours instead of 2 hours, with only the local anaesthetic around the groin (not heart!) area! So, I did feel the odd aches and pains and had to raise my hand once to say please stop!!!
All was well and I rested for 4 hours lying flat on the hospital bed. All the staff were friendly, professional, upbeat and kind.
However, on the way home (a very hot and sultry day, going by train) I got dizzy and faint and had palpitations. When I got home, when walking to the local shops, just a 2 minute walk, in the heat, but in the shade, I felt dizzy and faint, had to sit down and have water in Starbucks and then slowly walk home, with my son, who was visiting me.
After a few more 'episodes', one when out for a meal and I could barely speak as the effort made me feel faint, I decided to call my Cardiologist who put me in touch with the Arrhythmia Nurse. She said that I can have AFib symptoms after an ablation and even worse ones in the first few weeks. Also, my body was responding to the invasion it had been put through, especially with it being a twice as long procedure as expected. My body was letting me know it didn't like it!
WHY was I not warned of that? I had begun to think that the procedure had not worked. All my family and friends thought I would be sorted and back to 'normal'. If I had been warned, I would have not had the shock of not only the usual AFib - but more often!
I would rather have a warning of how bad it might be afterwards than think I shall be feeling great but actually feel almost worse. These symptoms have lessened since that first week - but still occur - and I am having to take it easy! I have to make myself slow down as I am quite active. The nurse (I saw at my local hospital) said I should 'take it easy.'
Apart from this, I am not overweight, don't overeat or eat junk food, I never have and have never smoked. AFib is my only health issue and don't know why I have it. For me, it is not my lifestyle or what I eat! So, it is hard to 'take it easy'. My knitting helps me sit still!
I thought I would share this, as I know people think that the catheter ablation will sort things out. It may do, and can do, but certainly not (for me) straight away, and I think a warning of that possibility should be given before the procedure!
Hoping this might be helpful to someone who is about to have the catheter ablation procedure.