I have had 2 ablations . My last one in Oct /18. Still in afib and 9 weeks have shortness of breath. Wondering if LA stiffness has resulted from the cauterizations. I can work out for 20 min on the tread mill , but heart rate goes to 130+. And stays there for hours . ??? Not sure about all of this ? Anyone have any advice here? They say 12 week healing window .
Breathless after ablation: I have had... - AF Association
Forget the 12 weeks - everyone is very different. It took over 9 months after ablation for my HR to come back to pre-ablation levels and especially working out - and I wasn’t in AF.
The golden rule is to be able to walk and talk, moderate exercise good - excessive exercise bad. After assessment I was told to keep my HR under 120 (again individual) whilst exercising but I always got too breathless anyway when it got to that. Your heart muscle has been poked, prodded and burned - it needs recovery time.
I have AF pretty well 24/7. Though lately there are instances of sinus . I use a KARDIA . It does the ECG . Very helpful . I let the AF nurse know my condition , but they don’t want to say very much - ?? There doesn’t seem to be anyone save for you and others on this support group that cares to advise . Thx
Your flecainide dose may need increasing slightly, ask your nurse next time you speak to her if that would be an idea. Are you taking an anticoagulant? Although out of rhythm your pulse rate is fine. I would forget about exercising on your treadmill and just do some gentle walks until you feel a bit better.
Do you feel well when you are just sitting?