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Post-Ablation Afibber


This is my story:

April 2017 overturned a snowmobile and broke leg. This started a slew of health problems. May 2017, first AFIB episode. September 2017, second AFIB episode. January 2018 third episode of AFIB. May 2018, fourth episode of AFIB and bilateral knee pain begins. June 2018, cryoablation. August 2018, ectopics during rest begin, hiatal hernia issues, knee issues.

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Hi, any chance you might have sleep apnoea which can be associated with AF? Also I believe ablation can be followed by heartburn.

I do have sleep apnea. I have been on a cpap machine since about a week after my ablation. Sorry I forgot that in my laundry list above. I like the cpap and am doing great on it. I use the nasal pillow mask with the humidity turned off and the temp set to 66 degrees.

Hi CoalmineCanary

Welcome to the forum.

It's said that infection anywhere in the body can trigger AF and it looks like your problems may have started with your broken leg. Add to that your hiatus hernia and knee issues and your body could be totally overwhelmed by it all and protesting via your heart.

After your cryoablation, were you prescribed any tablets to prevent stomach acid problems?

We've yet to discover how to completely get rid of AF, but having a plant based diet, losing some weight (if needed) and not consuming any artificial additives have all been proven to help. Some say taking magnesium has really reduced the frequency of their PAF attacks, this can either be taken in tablet form, as a powder sprinkled in your bath or sprayed on in oil form.

Hope this helps, I'm sure other members will be along with advice too.

For many years I thought I had a hiatus hernia and would suffer if I dared to do a lot of bending in the garden, was even told so by a doctor, but have had no problems for a few years now. So there is hope that it may go away.

Wishing you well.


I always say that the snowmobile accident was a major turning point in my life. Besides the broken leg, I was also injured slightly in the chest - due to having a large camera around my neck that I fell onto when the machine tipped over. It bruised some ribs. I think, though, that my AFIB stemmed from sleep apnea, which I now have under control with a cpap (which, unlike most people, I love). I am having ectopics now as I type this - ug. I hate those things. I just ordered an Alive Kor monitor so I can do my own ecgs, because sometimes it feels like my heart is quivering, even though my pulse seems regular (except for the ectopics). My bpm never jump up above 90 except when exercising. Right now I am at a relaxed 58 bpm. I am big on keeping tabs on rate, rhythm and blood pressure.

Best I can suggest look at lifestyle issues including diet/supplements, it won't take the knee pain away but may compensate for it reducing you below the trigger point for AF.

I haven't had any AF since the ablation. I am really into exercise. Especially cycling, swimming and lifting weights. Most of my knee issues happen after walking or standing a lot during a day. I have ordered some kinesiology tape and am going to try that. I also use Voltaren gel which is basically ibuprofen in a topical gel. I apply 4 grams to each knee an hour prior to cycling. My primary doctor said to try Glucosamine-Chondroitin, so I will get a small bottle. Truthfully, I hate oral medicines and supplements because of my sensitivity to all of them (hence, my blog name - side effects!) and because of what it does to my stomach.

My mother has knee problems and takes green lipped mussel tablets as a supplement. She is very sprightly and says if she misses taking them for a few days then her knees start to hurt again. Not sure how they might interact with AFib meds so that would need a bit of research.

So sorry you have been through the mill with all of your health problems and I wish you well with it all.

I am so glad that works for your mom. I am a complete failure when it comes to virtually every supplement or med. The reason I was given an ablation is because I couldn't tolerate the Flecainide or the Metoprolol. My resting heart rate at the time was 53 and my blood pressure was normal, so when they put me on these meds I became a complete zombie. I couldn't even get up out of a chair without being exhausted. So, because of the bradycardia, my electrophysicist opted for the ablation. I agreed. Now, I wonder if I should have waited and saw what the cpap could have done for the condition - but that is water under the bridge, so we move forward!

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