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2 months post ablation

Hey guys and gals,

So it’s been 2 months since my ablation and I’m feeling good definitely glad I got it done. I am now trying to deal with my anxiety the best way I can.

Now I am still noticing my heart beating really hard not necessarily fast but just really hard and is noticeable when looking at my chest and my neck, my pulse is visible. Once every other day I will also notice my heart does like loads of really fast beats for like 3-5 seconds then goes back to normal almost like a flutter and not like a pvc, I used to get a lot of PVCs and touch wood I never really get them at the moment, I did for like 2 weeks after my op my heart was abit erratic. So what I mentioned about my heart beating really hard and the odd fluttering is this normal? Is this effects of ablation?

I’d also like to mention that I am still tired a lot of the time also get out of breath really quickly for example I would run up the stairs and can feel my heart trying to escape from my chest and I am only 23 years old.

Thanks for your help,

Ollie

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Are you still on any meds? Some meds can wipe you out also.

I had asfib for awhile and after five ablation may be ok now. But it left me wiped out still after months after the last ablation. Slowly having meds reduced and EP says that may be a lot of my current issues.

It is like sure I am fully patched but do not yet feel fully like my old self. Though I did also have an enlarged heart and some leaky valves that may also settle down with time if afib and flutters are gone.

There may be two stages of recovery. The initial quick one where hey no afib and flutter and all is great. Then the second well not all is great still going through the healing and rehab to get to my truly old self stage.

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Hey thanks for you reply. I am not on any meds and was only on apixaban just for my op anyway.

After my op I spoke with the surgeon and he said it went perfectly and the area they thought the af was coming from they ablated it. But I can’t help but think they missed something.

I am hoping what I am going through is just my heart healing and will be better soon with time.

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It is not uncommon to need a touchup. Still it is early and even if better still need that second stage to get to full recovery.

Before my last ablation getting a bag of potatoes into the house was exhausting. Now after ablation can do it. But can honestly say not up to any 40 hour work week yet unless it had no real work.

Your odd heart is still in blanking period. Also, depends on what the heart is in. Pacs are different from afib and different from flutter. So a wearing a monitor or say a kardia may tell you what you are in if anything.

Then there is the afib syndrome even after ablation. We now notice any and every heart blip even if normal. Overly sensitive to any blip. Other people just overlook the daily blips.

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Yes very true. Since being diagnosed with afib I am so in tuned with every beat of my heart but sometimes I think that my heart beats so hard that it’s very hard to ignore.

A week after my ablation I was back to work full time and maybe pushed myself abit too hard but working is good for me as it helps me forget and takes my mind of all the worries. I am hoping I don’t need another ablation as I felt the first one was abit unpleasant.

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Hi

I am two months in from my ablation. All was well for a week or so although I was aware that my heart was beating normally but seemed laboured and pronounced, then I began to have flutters and I have had three very fast beat episodes which leave me traumatised and then I need total rest in order to function again properly. The flutters I can take but the fast beats are so frightening especially when they occurred outside of the home and made me feel faint and very weak.. I am still on meds and as far as I am aware the episodes are triggered by slight exertion or stress. I have also developed a flutter sensation below the adams apple and wonder if anyone else has a similar sensation, this is not permanent.

I see my consultant again in a month and have a written record of all my episodes and have bought a Kardia however because the episodes last only a few minutes I have been unable to capture them on Kardia so far. I am a realist and accept that the ablation may not cure my problems, this may be a long journey.

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Hi thanks for your reply.

Yes the fast heart beats are very frightening and are very hard to ignore, when I have them they last for about 3-5 seconds and then they are followed by a really hard and strong beat and then back to nsr. After I get them they seem to trigger my anxiety and adrenaline then takes me a while to calm down. I also see my cardiologist soon and am hoping they are benign beats.

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Hi ollie,

Its difficult to keep calm when your heart seems as though its going to burst out of your chest especially when it lasts for prolonged periods as mine did pre-ablaton, the fear is very real. I try as best I can to stay calm and breath deeply.

I wish you all the best and hope your condition improves with time.

Regards

Pete

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Thanks Pete :)

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I'm almost 12 months post ablation.

I can say that especially in the early days/weeks/months you will feel all manner of odd beats, flutters, bumps and bangs.

Try and stay calm and let things settle.

I'm still very aware of my heart beat, possibly even more so now, as I feel it even when it's just regular and at a normal rate. Quite annoying, and I'm not sure the feeling of expecting it to all go wrong will ever go away.

I can say that in the last 12 months I've been stressed out with personal issues and work problems. Had the most excruciating pain with gall stones and had my gallbladder removed under general anesthesia. I've had the flu, I've pushed my heart hard exercising and it's still *touch wood* in NSR

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Hi

I have had a successful ablation but I would say that I feel my heart and am conscious of it beating hard. I think this is because we are just tuned into it because we have been so worried about what is going on. I have lots of little flutters at times, like the ones you describe and once confirmed they were nothing to worry about I have learnt to accept them and honestly don't worry about them.

Re the breathlessness, some of this is likely to be part of your recovery.... My EP organised a cardiac CT scan of my heart and lungs and confirmed all was ok and suggested to my GP that I try an inhaler when I was breathless.

The anxiety will go :-)

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