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I just wanted to give another bit of insight on what you can expect after cryoablation.
I had mine 2 months ago yesterday. The first day was a bit nerve wrecking. My heart rate would take off dramatically and I had the feeling I was blacking out. They got that under control fairly quickly. I took it easy the first week and suffered from a significant amount of pvcs. Any exertion at all would set my heart to racing. I went to the store about a week later and I seriously had to walk like I was 90 yrs old, any faster pace and my heart would race badly. To make a long story short, I was so disturbed by my exhaustion, pvcs and racing HB I called the dr... they said to give it 4 to 6 weeks to feel better and 3 months to heal... at my 6 week visit I told the nurse practitioner that I felt that it might have been a terrible mistake to get the procedure. I felt bad every day. Then like a light switch, the 7th week I started feeling dramatically better. It would still race under stressful situations but never went into afib. Yesterday on my 8th week anniversary I was able to get in my 10,000 steps for the first time in months. So at this point I’m still hopeful for more improvement. My resting Herat rate before surgery was 70s and low 80s, it’s now high 50s. That’s a little unsettling. I feel lightheaded at times. Also now when my heart rate approaches 70s 80s or higher it’s really uncomfortable. Also I now suffer from a lot of pvcs but it’s just an uncomfortable feeling and not as terrifying as before the surgery. In summation I feel I’m greatly improved but also have traded one set of symptoms for another. I’m praying for a little more improvement but I have no regrets. I’m thinking when I stop taking my sotalol in May that my heart rate might pick up a little. I think some of this uncomfortableness is just getting used to my new heartbeat. Here’s to a new more active happy life without the fear of afib!! Be patient with your recovery and Good luck to you all!!
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