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High heart rate after 3rd ablation

dleppard60
dleppard60
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I had my 3rd ablation on Monday June 10th. Since then my heart rate has jumped from the 50's to around 110 sitting absolutely still. Will this get better? I feel like crap and haven't been back to work but I feel like I really need to just go back but its hard to focus. All advice is appreciated.. Thanks

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BobD
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Ten days is nothing as we say in our fact sheet. You should have total rest of the first week, and onoy very gentle exercise the second. Again we do say that raised HR post ablation is common but 110 does seem a little higher that usual. Why not ring your arrhythmia nurse and discuss or pop to your GP and have an ECG to check it is nothing sinister.

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dleppard60
dleppard60
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Thanks BobD. I actually had my follow up visit with my doctor's pa yesterday. Yesterday, in addition to the high heart rate she said I am having Blocked PACs too. I guess I need to go back hard core on the WFPBNO diet and see if that helps. The PA left all of my meds the same and said she would get back to me after reviewing with my doctor who was out of the office yesterday. I am worried about still feeling so bad and worried about my job as well. I know most people aren't out this long but I just don't feel like I can do my job like this. I guess I need to just let it go as Im sure the worry doesn't help.

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avma

Hi,

I just posted my update on my ablation. Has been 3 weeks now. Was quite a spicy one and had a similar experience.

It went okay for a few weeks, even if my HR was higher, but I read that this was normal, when all of a sudden, it went really high yesterday evening.

As I heard from the doctor, it can take a while, I was also in shock this morning that the heart rate can get this high (140) in resting mode, as a reaction to the healing process.

I don’t know if this going to get better, but I really hope so, mine was even higher (you can see this in my latest post if you’re interested to read it).

All the best and keep us updated!

Anna

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dleppard60
dleppard60
in reply to avma

Thank you so much for sharing. Mine is actually up to 120 right now. Fortunately I have a wonderful doctor that I trust without question so I guess I just have to believe that everything will be ok. If you work, have you gone back? I do IT work so it isn't strenuous but I just don't feel like I can make it. I am worn out anytime I do anything. I have Metoprol which should bring it down but doesn't. My heart rate was too low before usually in the mid 50s but it has doubled.

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avma
avma
in reply to dleppard60

No, I didn’t go back to work yet, I work as a content designer. Too much stress, deadlines and all and also I’m too tired to go to work now. I’m home since I first heard I had an arrhythmia. It has been a rollercoaster for me. At first I was stressed for work, would they miss me, when could I go back, wouldn’t I miss the things going on, etc... so workaholic. But, after a while I realised a few things from all this

1) everybody can be missed because live goes on 2) in the end nobody misses me, 3) I want still to enjoy life with my loved ones, 4) without health nothing is possible. So conclusion: I have to take care of myself. That means that I want to heal and recuperate totally before I go back. I also will work less in the future.

If your heart rate stays at 120, perhaps you have to contact somebody?

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dleppard60
dleppard60
in reply to avma

Thanks. I am about to call my nurse navigator again now and update her. I was thinking about asking her to sign my return to work release until I read your and BobD's comments below. I am a Tech Lead responsible for a portion of a 5 year multi-million dollar project so I have stress for breakfast every morning. And you are absolutely right they are still moving forward with or without me.

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BobD
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in reply to dleppard60

Pleaase don't be silly and go back to wrok if you are not well Our fact sheet says rest for at least two weeks but we are all different. There are many people here who have taken much longer and some who have been off work for months. Nobody can sack you for being ill. Unreasonable expectations of recovery do nobody any good.

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dleppard60
dleppard60
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Thank you. I was out six weeks with multiple episodes and went back and worked 3 weeks before going back into AFIB a week before my ablation. My work isn't physically demanding at all but it will really run your BP up at times when you aren't sick. I have been out 3 weeks now 1 before the ablation and 2 after. I think Im starting to feel guilty and I hear about so many people that go back after just a few days. In fact, I think I had both of my first two ablations on a Wednesday and returned to work the following Monday.

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lwm1198

My resting heart rate rose into the 90's after ablation in October and continue there getting up to 130 sometimes on recumbent bike but I didn't feel bad; doctors I saw for other things never seemed concerned. It's been 8 months and my rate has finally come down into the 80's. Think I asked the cardiologist early on and was assured it would come down!

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dleppard60
dleppard60
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Thanks for you reply. I am glad to hear that. Mine was actually on the low side before and I think I would be ok in the 80s or even 90s. So I will continue to hope that it comes down to a reasonable level.

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avma
avma
in reply to lwm1198

Wow!

That’s is also very high. Did it last long the 130 one? Or was it just in and out? How long after your ablation did this occur and for how long did it re-occur?

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lwm1198
lwm1198
in reply to avma

Fairly typical for several months after my ablation, but recently hanging under 120!

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avma
avma
in reply to lwm1198

Wow, little under 120 is still high, but it doesn’t bother you? I guess it is okay then... when my HR is 120 my chest feels tightened, so it bothered me and yesterday I had 16 hours of HR of 137 so I was happy when they resetted my heart.

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lwm1198
lwm1198
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Just sitting here at my computer reading and heart rate is 93...so 120 with exercise seems about right, and doesn't feel like exertion....

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Jlaine

Just had my second ablation. Mt pulse rate has gone up also. Between 92-100 at times. Used to always be 76-80. I unfortunately had complication with my procedure. The ep dr. accidently knicked a smaller vein going in with cathedars and I bled immensely. Have a HUGE hematoma on my thigh and groin. Very painful. They had to apply serious pressure on it for 6 hrs so the blood wouldn't clot and solidifye. I have never experianced anything more painful than that. My hgb and hct(blood count) are way below normal. Had a transfusion while in hospital but didnt raise my levels much. So I am home with painful leg and weak and light headed from anemia..Last ablasion I had a huge swollen cut lip that was totally purple and spasms bad in my bad back from lying on it for so many hrs. Not thinking about having another anytime soon thats for sure. Murphys law always seems to find me.

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dleppard60
dleppard60
in reply to Jlaine

Wow. I am so sorry to hear of all of this. I hope things will improve for you.

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lwm1198
lwm1198
in reply to Jlaine

Sorry to think of all that happening ....hope things are coming along and there are no more surprises!

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dleppard60

I am happy to report that I am feeling much better today. Not great but better and EXTREMELY hopeful that great is just around the corner. My BP looks good and my heart rate is down to the low 90s.

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