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3 months post ablation


My ablation was at the beginning of March. My EP told me I had had a “full service” and was told to stop all medication apart from Rivaroxaban. The cardiologist recommended Magnesium, Q10, Vit C and Omega 3. This seems to be going well, I am still very aware of my heart beating, but in sinus rhythm with a resting heart rate of 65 - 80. I hope to be one of the success stories.

The last 3 weeks I’ve been playing golf 3 times a week albeit not very good golf but it’s good to be out there again. The hardest part is the 19th hole sipping mineral water instead of wine!

Although the ablation itself went well , I had awful complications in the groin area where the Cather went in. This ended in surgery to correct a fistula between the femoral artery and vein, it was very uncomfortable for a few weeks, but all good now.

Hope you are all well and coping with AF well - with or without ablation.

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That sounds like a success to me so well done 👍 if you stick to a healthy lifestyle and keep a positive mind, fingers crossed you will have many years of the healthy variety .... Best wishes to you 😊

Was this your first ablation? And did you have persistent Afib?

mavart in reply to Dawsonmackay

It was my first ablation, had Paroxysmal AF for 2-3 years and 2 months before ablation persistent AF

Dawsonmackay in reply to mavart

Take care!

Hi Mavart

I'm pleased to hear that you're doing so well after your ablation, long may that continue!

Thank you for telling us about the surgery you needed to correct a fistula that had formed between your femoral artery and vein. I've not heard of that happening before, but your story makes people aware of things that can occur which were not expected after an ablation. Though I guess the chances of this happening are extremely rare.

It's typical that it's mostly these type of rare things that happen to us, but the rarity of winning lots of money stays out of our reach. Oh well, we can live in hope.

Best wishes.


Hi Jean

You are right about this being quite a rare complication of catheter ablation but looking back on the forms I had to sign beforehand , it was on the list of things that might go wrong. You never think it’s going to be you though!

My EP was taken aback when my young lady cardiologist diagnosed the fistula with ultrasound. I was then put into the hands of a vascular surgeon.

Trying to live a healthier way of life now

Interesting to read your Cardiologist recc those supplements.

Glad to hear you’re doing well now and back enjoying your golf. My ablation was 2 months ago and I feel great. I also take magnesium, CoQ10 and Omega 3 (and B group vitamins and turmeric). My tip for enjoying the mineral water more is the have it in a champagne or wine glass. Have fun!

😃 I had mine in a big bowl glass, everyone thought I had a gin and tonic 😀

Oldiemoldy in reply to mavart

Yeah, not drinking alcohol is a challenge! Learning to like seltzer and cranberry...

Alcohol does not interfere with rivaroxaban Enjoy the 19th hole. Just don’t get drunk and fall over and hit your head as you are anticoagulationuk

Have fun. .

kitenski in reply to Suebo2

+1 enjoy life is what I'm doing post ablation, I've had a drink or two with no adverse affects.

Well done. It sounds like a total success.

Gosh golf after two months you’re doing well....I’ve taken longer.....hope you continue onwards and upwards.....I’m four months now.....fingers crossed....

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