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Exercise

It's been 9 months since I had my ablation which apparently went ok thankfully .i haven't had any days since before the op which have seen me go back into fullAf like before , although I do still get some random flutters & small runs of ectopic beats at any time . I'm a plasterer and I'm 46 So my job keeps me active to a certain degree , however My question is it safe to go back into the gym , as it's been 3years since I last went , I don't do lots of heavy weights as I get enough of that in my job but I enjoy swimming , running ,squash and most of the gym equipment. I haven't been on any meds now for 7months but I'd like to try and get myself into better shape. Any advice would be grateful

Andy

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You should certainly check with your EP before getting started, but it is really important to incorporate heart healthy exercise into your routine and swimming, squash, etc sounds great. I was told to start exercising gently again just a few weeks after ablation. Just start slowly since it has been 9 months! Wishing you continued wellness!

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Only advice I can give is listen to your body. If it protests then slow down.

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One comment on your profession is that I find lifting things above my head can still set of runs of ectopics - and of course plasterers lift tonnes of plaster onto ceilings - so be careful on that. For other exercise just build up to what your body wants.

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I agree with bob, I started doing some light decorating 2 weeks post ablation (an hour a day) and regretted it - feeling totally wiped out the week after.

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My Bordeaux EP said I could exercise 6 weeks after my ablation. My Vancouver EP said that I should exercise. I agree with the other posts that you should start slowly.

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