I had an ablation on April 4th and I can't believe how good I feel. I thought I was feeling OK until I started to recover from the ablation, within a couple of weeks. I've had a few, very short episodes of ectopic beats and palpitations which my cardiologist assures me are normal as the heart recovers from being scarred.
Thinking I was doing great, I had my first glass of wine last week and, after about half-an-hour, I started having palpitations which went on for at least 15 minutes (after a while I decided to ignore them as I was becoming anxious). I'm thinking it must have been the alcohol that caused the palpitations (my first drink in over 2 years) as I haven't had a drink or palpitations since. Am I right? Can a small glass of wine really have this effect? Perhaps some folks are more susceptible to alcohol than others? I know I get the same if I ever have caffeine, which I gave up at the same time as the alcohol. (Kenco's decaf is delicious and the tiny bit of caffeine that may still be present in it doesn't affect me at all). I hate the idea of never being able to drink alcohol again, although I never did drink very much, but I like the idea of staying AF free even more.