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Beta blockers preablation

So....

had preop assessment yesterday.

I'm supposed to stop taking beta blockers Thursday morning as I'm having ablation Saturday morning.

Concerned : should I expect to go into AF and will my heart rate be much faster & more dangerous.

What are your experiences. Help !!!

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Hope all goes well on Saturday

Beta blockers only control the rate I think .....

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Thank you.

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Fast heart rate is not immediately dangerous for short periods although it seems to scare many doctors. I don’t really know what you need help with as I don’t understand your post?

Can you please expand? Have you been told to start or stop Beta Blockers pre ablation?

What do you want our experiences about? The ablation itself? - really easy and although everyone gets anxious pre ablation I haven’t seen one post that reported a bad experience of the ablation itself as the drugs they give you mean you won’t remember much.

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You may well have some arrhythmias in the short period of time that you are off beta blockers but this is not dangerous. They would not ask you to if it was!

You will probably still have some for a while after the ablation as well especially if you over do things and do not rest enough in the first couple of weeks. It take three to six months for full recovery before you can tell how successful it has been.

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Thank you.

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I was on a beta blocker (Atenolol) and something else (perhaps Lisinopril) and had to drop them in advance before an ablation in 2011. My heart was unsettled and not its usual self the day before but not a big problem at all - and much, much better after the ablation!

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When did you have your ablation & are you ' normal ' now ?

😎

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I've had three ablations - 2011, 2014 (the big one) and 2015. I still have AF but I am much better than I was and have been able to give up flecainide on a daily basis. I had AF that doesn't interfere with my life very much with a gap of 12 - 28 days between one and the next. No complaints! My EP has discharged me as I am not displeased with the way things are.

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This just goes to show how different we all are and the medical requirements pre ablation.

I have had a number of ablations and was not told to come off any of my tablets in advance. Your condition is specific to you and therefore there must be a reason.

Sometimes when I was in AF or AT prior to an ablation the EP said it could be useful to help identify the locations that needed attention.

You only have a couple of days to worry about it therefore you should just do as you are told.

Pete

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Thank you so much.

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like you i was told to stop taking Beta blockers 2 days prior. I loved the feeling of being awake :D

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Good luck for Saturday! I stopped beta blockers prior to ablation 8 years ago and don't remember any problems, apart from being anxious about the whole process.

I'm due for a touch ablation on the 15th (after 8 years in NSR!) and have also been told to stop beta blockers 48 hrs prior to the proceedure.

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Thank you for your post.

I appreciate it very much.

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Hey Gingo - have you had your ablation? How'd it go?

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Hi

Ablation went very well.

Was in catheter lab for 4 hours.

Apart from a little pain where they cut me in the groin it's been good.

I had op on 10th march and had AF on 2 2nd for 5 hours but have been in sinus rhythm since 🙏

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See my post.

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