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Can I drink or eat before having a catheter ablation to treat atrial fibrillation (AFib)?

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The day before your ablation, you should not eat or drink anything after midnight. Food or drinks in your stomach may cause you to react badly to your anesthesia during the procedure. For example, you might vomit, and it could get in your lungs.

SOURCES:  

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure,” “After Catheter Ablation.” Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School: “Patient Guide to Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.” American Heart Association: “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF).” Hospital for Special Surgery: “Anesthesiology: Frequently Asked Questions.” Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.” NIH: “What Is Catheter Ablation?”









Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

SOURCES:  

Cleveland Clinic: “Pulmonary Vein Ablation Procedure,” “After Catheter Ablation.” Massachusetts General Hospital of Harvard Medical School: “Patient Guide to Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation.” American Heart Association: “Non-surgical Procedures for Atrial Fibrillation (AFib or AF).” Hospital for Special Surgery: “Anesthesiology: Frequently Asked Questions.” Heart Rhythm Society: “Types of Ablations.” NIH: “What Is Catheter Ablation?”









Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 25, 2017

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