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2 Weeks Post Flutter Ablation

Just a quick update. Two weeks have passed.

I felt so fine after the op that I even jokingly asked some friends if they wanted to go out for a drink in the evening

I did plan to take it easy with no driving as advised for a week, however with 2 young kids in the house I found myself taxiing them to clubs after 5 days.

I even did some heavy lifting this week. Putting my sleeping 7 year old back in his own bed

I was back at work after a week. It is a desk job. Someone did make me a cup of tea, but after that I was in my own 😬

Bruising around the groin wound is almost now disappeared.

Heart rhythm is normal. Rate is a few beats above my usual normal

Over the coming few days I intend to begin some exercise (weights, treadmill, swimming).

My only trouble I’ve had is a persistent cough (completely unrelated to ablation) which i worried might damage the work done, but up to now everything has been fine.

Fingers staying crossed though.

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Everything sounds tickitiboo jondeanp, you should be able to gradually get back to normal, but obviously rest if tired. you may get odd blips, ectopics etc, but that's normal too....great news!!

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Are you sure cough has nothing to do with ablation? They sometimes can.

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No definitely a bug going around our parts. Family have had the dreaded cough and people at work too

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Going round in Lancashire. Husband been coughing about three weeks me about 10 days. Darn annoying

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Take it easy you don’t want to undo the work that you have waited for , it’s probably not easy , is there any family friends to help a little . Remember to look after your heart and it will look after you ... take care 😌

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Hi jondean. I was re-reading your post and something caught my attention that I didn't see before. (Sometimes I read too fast/scanning instead of reading so I often re-read.) You spoke about swimming as part of easing back into exercise. Swimming is my favorite exercise, grew up in Florida , One thing my EP told me to be careful about post my ablation in November 2016 was not to raise my arms (esp the left one) higher than my heart for several weeks. I even changed to carrying my shoulder bag to my right side. The reason is to not put too much stretching and stress on left-sided muscles to give the heart tissue a chance to heal. I also had a pacemaker inserted so had a pacemaker lead and battery placement as another reason to treat left-side muscles and tissue gently. My EP said even just having an ablation by itself needs time to heal.You sound like much more of an athlete than me (weights). Just wanted to suggest giving your muscles and heart tissue time to heal so you get the very best result possible. Sorry if I'm sounding like your mother. Just wanted to share. Good luck with your results. Take care. irina1975

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arms above heart was post pacemaker advice for me. Don't remember being told post ablation though. I swam breast stroke with one arm till six weeks post pacemaker

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How do you shower, wash and dry your hair and dress yourself without lifting your arm above your head?

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You adapt and get help washing hair biggest prob but can do just takes longer. Got lots of practice post open heart surgery to remove tumour. Used bras akin to sports bras and stepped into them . Hair used Eden like a shower cap put on massaged head removed it cleansed hair not as good as wash but needs must. Put chair in bath sat under shower . The list is endless.

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Seriously thank you I live alone it’s something I’ve been thinking about ....

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I dog-paddled.!

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Some have found that a persistent cough is caused from the brand of blood pressure medicine they take. When it was changed - no more cough.

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Yup that happened with my mum - changed BP meds no more cough. Also with sister and her asthma drugs (although it took a long while and several investigations before they worked that one out!).

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