For a little background I am a 53 year old that quit smoking over 15 years ago, former heavy drinker but practically nothing for over a year, and do battle weight control, but have dropped about 10 to 15% of body weight over the last 18 months.
After many months of trying to get my ablation scheduled I was so relieved to have it completed on April 22nd. For the next 5 days normal sinus rhythm and to be expected soreness bruising and effects from anesthesia.
On the sixth day I woke up with an irregular heartbeat assumed to be a fib it stuck around for about 3 hours.
On the seventh day I woke up fine normal sinus rhythm feeling relief of the heart failure I had been suffering. However as the day progressed I had three to four times for 10 to 15 minutes of irregular heartbeat. I completely expected and accepted this as part of the healing process based upon all of the reading I've done on this site and many others.
On the 8th day I woke up 2 hours earlier than normal with my chest pounding which felt like full-blown afib to me. 3 days later my blood pressure cuff still indicating irregular heartbeat and I now feel the effects of heart failure again. I finally got a EKG schedule and am awaiting results. Hopefully results from the cardiologist will be learned later today.
What I'm wondering is if this is normal. And I know that normal is a pretty broad statement because A-fib and the Cure is different for everyone. Personally I expected 10 to 15 minutes bouts of AFib I did not expect to go back into persistent A-fib as I was prior to having the procedure completed.
Would love to hear thoughts on my persistent A-fib now beginning my fourth day and obvious symptoms of her failure such as shortness of breath, fluid obvious in lungs, and fatigue that arrives far too early.
Thank you in advance for your input