Quick Answer: What Can I Expect After Cardiac Ablation?

Does heart ablation shorten life span?

“The study findings show the benefit of catheter ablation extends beyond improving quality of life for adults with atrial fibrillation.

If successful, ablation improves life span,” says lead study author Hamid Ghanbari, M.D., M.P.H., an electrophysiologist at the U-M Cardiovascular Center..

How long does it take to recover from cardiac ablation?

Common Symptoms After Ablation The ablated (or destroyed) areas of tissue inside your heart may take up to eight weeks to heal. You may still have arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats) during the first few weeks after your ablation. During this time, you may need anti-arrhythmic medications or other treatment.

What can I expect after an ablation?

You may have strong cramping, nausea, vomiting, or the need to urinate often for the first few days after the procedure. Cramping may continue for a longer time. Do not to douche, use tampons, or have sex for 2 to 3 days after an endometrial ablation, or as advised by your health care provider.

What are the side effects of cardiac ablation?

Problems with cardiac ablation can include:Bleeding or infection where the catheter went in.Damaged blood vessels if the catheter scrapes them.Arrhythmias caused by damage to your heart’s electrical system.Blood clots in your legs or lungs.Heart damage, like punctures or damaged valves.Stroke or heart attack.More items…

Is it normal to have palpitations after an ablation?

You may experience what may feel like the start of palpitations within the first 6 weeks after the procedure. Usually these last a few seconds. This is normal and does not mean the procedure has not worked. Over the following months this sensation will disappear.

Will I feel better after heart ablation?

“The most extreme discomfort following cardiac ablation is usually limited to the standard side effects of anesthesia,” says Arkles. “Most people feel tired for a few hours after the waking up, but start to feel better once they can get up and walk around, usually 3 to 4 hours later.”