Day 4 post RF ablation. Everything went fine. Dr Daulbert and Duke Uni NC staff accommodated me and my family well. Dr stated he ablated all of my PVI and even did some ablation for a flutter he noticed. All of the anxiety and worries I had going into it were really pointless. The took me back. Put me up on a table in the EP lab. Showed me some of the equipment. Told me to take a few deep breaths. Next thing I know I was awake talking shit to the nurses in recovery.
The first 2 days I had some coughing and some chest tightness. The past two days the chest tightness has gone away and I feel great. I've basically just slept and played video games the past 3 days.
That is. Until today. This morning, I decided to clean house and do some chores. Get a little active. Its hard doing nothing. Around mid day I started having some sort of weird beats. It feels like the afib is trying to come on. I'll have 5-10 seconds of normal rhythm beats then some off beats. Took 1.5mg of ativan and that seemed to calm it (me) down.
Kind of off setting. Up till this point my my hearts been rock solid in a good SR. I know its expected to have some off beats or even some afib. I'm going back to being super lazy and hoping my solid SR comes back!
To anyone fretting the procedure. Dont fret it. I actually went into afib with rvr (160+bpm) during preops the day before my procedure was scheduled. I opted for a shot of morphine (to chill me out, help with the discomfort), some cardizem (flow my rate) and just to check in to the cardiofloor the night before The Dr ablated me while in afib, had to cardiovert me at the end of it but he felt confident everything went as planned. The entry site is hardly even visible. Just a little wound and a small circular bruise. Its not even really sore. The laying still for 4 to 6 hours was a breeze as well. I was so out of it. I was up and walking before I really even knew what was going on.