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What can I expect after a catheter ablation procedure?

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It can take several weeks for the work done during your procedure to turn into scar tissue. So, you may not have a normal heartbeat until the scar tissue forms. Your atrial fibrillation (AFib) may seem the same or worse until then. You may need to take blood thinners for 3 months after your ablation. You may also get antacids or anti-inflammatory drugs. Sometimes, the procedure may need to be repeated in order for it to be successful. Your doctor will check your heart rhythm in the days and weeks after your procedure to see if that’s something you’ll need.

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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