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After Ablation - Palpitations when standing up

ling229 profile image
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Hi everyone,

I am a 26 year old girl, just had an ablation done 2 weeks ago. Since then I have been experiencing palpitations when I stand up. My heart rate goes from 70 or 80 bpm to 140-150 bpm when standing up from a lying position. It's very uncomfortable and I feel extremely dizzy afterwards. Is this normal? Does this mean the ablation didn't work or that I have a different problem all together? I'm really hoping this will resolve. If anyone knows anything about this and can help please let me know!

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HamishBoxer profile image

I do know there is a healing period of at least a month or so, contact your consultant to confirm all is well.

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ling229 in reply to HamishBoxer

Thank you for your response. I did call my doctor and he said it may just take some time for everything to heal, so hoping this will go away at some point. Hope all is well with you! ☺️

jeanjeannie50 profile image

I'm guessing that these high rate and dizzy moments don't last too long?

Before getting out of bed take a few deep breaths. Then get up slowly to sit on the side of the bed for a few minutes, take a few more deep breaths then stand up slowly. Sorry I know it's a bit like being an elderly person, but you should only have to do this for a month or so. When we stand our hearts have to beat harder to get the blood up to the top of our body. Your heart has taken a bashing with your ablation, it's the scarring that forms inside now that will stop those rogue pulses breaking through.

Let me know if this works please.


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ling229 in reply to jeanjeannie50

Hi Jean ,

Thank you so much for your response! It gives me a lot of comfort to know that this will hopefully pass soon. Did you also have an ablation?

Best wishes,


P.S. I will try this tomorrow when I get out of bed in the morning and let you know if it works! ☺️

jeanjeannie50 profile image

I've had three ablations. Good luck X

Singwell profile image

sounds unpleasant! Does the dizziness go away afterwards? And does the HR settle down after too? If so, follow Jean's advice even when moving from sitting to standing. Take your time. Keep us posted.

TracyAdmin profile image

Hi ling229

It is not unknown that you may experience some side effects in the short term following an ablation, these can include palpitations and dizziness. You may wish to avoid any strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects or excessive exercise. Recovery can vary on an individual basis so can take some time to feel back to full fitness. If you have any concerns contact your Doctor or raise any concerns at your follow up appointment.

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