Hi all. I'm a little confused about the need for an upcoming ablation.
I developed atrial flutter, following severe dehydration because of equally severe gastroenteritis.
A cardioversion was planned on an outpatient basis, followed by an ablation some time later.
I've been on Rivaroxaban and Diltiazem for around 4 weeks now. However, despite the Diltiazem, my heart rate periodically became very high. In the end, my GP arranged for me to be reviewed by cardiology at my local hospital.
While an inpatient, the cardiologists decided that I should have the cardioversion straight away. It was performed on Tuesday this week.
What I'm not sure about is my current situation, after the cardioversion. The consultant told me that I'm now in normal sinus rhythm, so now I just wait for the ablation. When I've looked online, I've read in a number of places that the ablation is done to stop atrial flutter. Does that mean to stop it reoccurring? If I'm in normal sinus rhythm, then surely it has stopped already.
Or is the ablation intended to reduce the possibility of AF developing?
Any advice would be appreciated.