Short of breath after an Ablation for Atrial Fibbrillation

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I had an ablation for the above a week ago, and I've been short of breath after the least physical activity (eg climbing stairs).

This is not usual for me, 15 mile bike rides are usual smile

Has anyone else experienced this? Should I be worried?

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    Well only had one ablation so far, but yes you do need a bit of recovery time.

    I was sore in the chest for a week most certainly couldn't have gone for my usual 5km walk /jog. 

    Rest up and give your heart a chance to heal, it just been through some fairly significant 'trauma'.

    I took three weeks off work, but could have probably gone back after two(I'm a school teacher), but had to gradually bulid up to doing 5km over a number of weeks after several weeks of taking it easy.

    Hope the ablation workss for you (I'm 7months post ablation and have been fine since, and am just recently med-free)

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    No dont worry! It takes a while for the heart to settle down. After all its just been deliberately scarred to stop the misfiring electrical signals. The "blanking" period is 3 months. ie the time given by the docs to let the heart heal. They tend to ignore what happens during that period. Nobody gave you this information? Didn't tell me either! GP sent me back into hospital..

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    Thanks both. No, they didn't tell me at the hospital. Thankfully, I'm a bit of a geek and like to know how things work so I'd been doing some digging around beforehand anyway. I just wan't expecting to be breathless just by going upstairs.

    Have just got a 2 week med cert from the doctors, so I can relax a bit.

    Have limited myself to fairly short walks with the dog so far, but there's only so much daytime tv I can stand smile

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    Hi All,

    An update. I spent 3 hours in my GP's this morning. They did an ECG which revealed my heart beating at 130 beats a minute as well as atrial flutter - flutter wasn't there before. They were all for admitting me to the heart unit in Bolton Royal initially, but relented. I still need to take the flecanide, but also bisoprolol and rivanaxaban(spelling is a guess!). Back to Manchester Royal next week for a further ECG and ultrasound on Thursday.


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      How long ago is the ablation? I likewise had my GPs very worried about my heart rythym after my 1st. Neither they or I realised there was a 'blanking' period of 3 months while the heart settled down. Nor did the rapid access cardiology clinic my GP sent me too.

      As it turned out my first ablation failed badly - all 4 veins needed re-doing so perhaps I was expereincing the first signs.

      What was also notable was the the heart beat irregularity changed in nature after both 1st and 2nd ablations. Gone was the lurching erratic AF beats replaced by extreme tachycardia? that had me blue lighted to A&E on numerous occasions. I suppose it makes sense that if the insdie of you heart is being scarred the miscreant electrical signals will reassert themselves in any form they can. But there is always the possiblity that new ones were created.

      I always knew when I went into AF. It was unmistakabe to the fingertips at the neck and increasingly left me breathless and unable to move. But latterly no as the rythym changed. I'm sure the abalation cardiologists could explain but I never got the chance to ask  

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      Just realised I'd already given you some of this information! Sorry. The unfortunate thing is that one has to wait out the 3 months. A form of rationning? Who knows?

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