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Back home after cryoablation

Hi all,just got home from hospital a couple hours ago. Everything went well, EP was very happy with procedure. I was in afib when I showed up, had been for three days so he didn't have to get it started. Afib stopped during ablation and they gave me some type of super adrenaline to see if I would go back into afib and I didn't. Also had atrial flutter ablated with heat. He said that usually takes only 15 minutes but it took 1 hour due to a ridge in my hearts structure. Didn't realize how different people's heart structure can be. Except for some PVC's which I had before diagnosed with afib I've been in NSR. Knew I'd still have them. Pulse is about 20 bmp faster than before ablation,mid 80's. About what i expected.Definitely having some headaches which I typically never have so hope don't last to long. Groin incisions clotted great, had zero bleeding. Throat a little sore and mild chest pain, again about what I expected. Have the rest of this week off and all of next week also to take it easy and rest up. Will miss my walking, 3-4 miles a day but EP said should be able to resume in about 2 weeks. Think I'll give it a little longer than that just to be on safe side. Think a lot of EP's underestimate recovery time from what I've read. Not sure why,you'd think it would be the other way around. They did do an EEG before ablation witch I was a little worried about but I was sedated so didn't feel or remember anything about it. I know it's still early but all in all pretty happy with deciding to get it done. Hoping to be one of those "should have done this sooner " people. Thanks again to everyone for the support, really appreciate it. I'll keep you updated as to how I'm doing. Have more history to tell that I'll get to soon. Pretty tired, never sleep well in hospital. Talk to you soon, Shaun.

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All sounds positive, and yes, take it very easy! So pleased for you.

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Hi Shaun, VERY happy for you that everything went so well. You're right. Doctors, I think, often underestimate how long recovery time will really be. They mean well but I believe if they had the procedure their 'recovery time estimates' would be revised ! LOL. Anyway, it;s done and I hope you will become one of our 'should have done it sooner' club members. Do take it easy. Tissue, incisions heal faster than our bodies get over feeling like (Fill in the blank). So rest and enjoy your time off. Take care. irina1975

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Well done, glad it went well. Don’t try to do too much too soon! I found the headaches gradually went away.

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Thank you for such an interesting post.

Remember Bob's mantra ------ Rest,rest,rest.

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Remember that the heart has had an invasive procedure and if that was on the outside of your body where you could see it, you’d let it heal properly before over exerting it. You do not want to undo the good work. So slow and easy for a few months.

Good luck 🍀

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Pleased to hear all went well,main thing now is rest and enjoy your calmed heart.

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Great news!thanks for taking the time to post, it's nice to read from our point of view of our experiences,without this forum I think many of us would struggle .Take it easy now,like you say,err on the side of caution for a little while.x

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Delighted for you Shaun and reassuring for me. I haven't a date yet, but my

Ablation could be soon. Nice to here that all went to plan and you are ok. A bit of rest now must be the answer, so take it easy and let us know how you progress.

Mo

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Glad it all went well. Try to stay around to give some positive feedback as most disappear.

Peter

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Hi Shaun, that all sounds like really good news! Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards from here (with all the necessary r&r of course!)

Thanks so much for taking the time to let us know. X

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Well done- stay well and keep us up-dated!

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