Cardiac ablation

By arkansasurviver Latest Reply 2012-02-07 13:10:28 -0600
Started 2012-01-20 11:57:13 -0600

I am 3 days out from having a cardiac ablation. I am so tired and sore. My pains have slowly improved everyday. I was wanting to ask if anyone else had this procedure and see how long until they went back to work. Also did you have nausea?

11 replies

HeartHawk 2012-01-30 23:49:36 -0600 Report


Was the ablation for afib? Also, did it affect your heart rate?


arkansasurviver 2012-02-01 16:54:37 -0600 Report

Hawk I had three cardioversions in two weeks I kept coming back to afib and since last time it did that it was horrible with the clots and function they suggested it. I have chf from chemo overload with pulmonary hypertension secondary to hf. On my hear rate it is better I suppose but with the pacemaker it is hard to tell since they set me usually. I think I'm running in the 70-80 range right now. I walked around my building today at work and I got it up maybe to 100. So far so good! I have a pic of what they did and the sites. Can you add pics on here?

redorangedog 2012-01-21 02:25:47 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, Did the ablation work? It took my husband about a week before the pain went away. Are you taking anything for pain? I ask because nausea is a common side effect of pain medication. If so, take with food or have a couple of crackers or salt-free pretzels. If not, call your doctor. Red

arkansasurviver 2012-01-21 13:58:42 -0600 Report

I guess it worked. I haven't had any symptoms since the ablation. I'm not on any pain medicine. My biggest problem is I'm so sluggish. I'm short of breath all the time now. My hip and back is very sore and bruised.

redorangedog 2012-01-21 15:11:06 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, Hi, Why did you have the ablation done? Were you on any cardiac meds? How long have you been short of breath? Do you have any type of lung disease? Being tired all the time is a symptom of several different disorders. Are you sleeping through the night and well rested in the morning? Are you doing too much work at home? Have you ever been short of breath in the past? Are you short of breath after exertion or while you are at rest? These are questions you need to answer for yourself and it might help you get a clue as to what is happening in your body. If you can not connect your unusual tiredness and the shortness of breath to anything, like exertion, allergy, not sleeping enough or a new product you are cleaning with. I would tell the doctor of your new symptoms, so they can be evaluated as soon as possible. The bruising on your hip and back could have been done during the ablation procedure. Those tables you were placed on for the ablation are hard and not very wide. The procedure itself can be hard on your body. Are you in a lot of pain from your hip and back? Pain could increase your respiratory rate. But being short of breath needs your doctor's attention. I do hope you feel better very soon. I am glad the ablation worked out well for you. Make sure to follow up with the doctor about the tiredness and SOB. Best of luck, Red

arkansasurviver 2012-01-21 21:39:14 -0600 Report

Ok I'm going to try to answer all of that. I have chf from too much chemo as a child. I have pulmonary hypertension although I think it isn't treated well. I had ablation cause of afib and cardioversions not working. I have been sob in the past but it seems increased now. I also have been sleeping more since the procedure I thought this was just because of the procedure I will ask about the valve issue and definately ask about the increased sob. I just don't want this to be my new normal. I will tell you how it goes at the doc.

redorangedog 2012-01-23 12:12:51 -0600 Report

Thank you for the reply. The symptoms of CHF are SOB and fatigue as well as many other things, like pneumonia or other pulmonary, vascular, cardiac and maybe something simple like a virus. My concern is that you have an increase in SOB and this needs the attention of a good doctor. Please don't wait too much longer to be seen by your doctor. The ablation is very stressful and because you were bruised and had back pain, it was probably more rough on your body than you are aware of. My husband had ablation several times and it did not work for him. He is reluctant to try again because he fears going off of coumadin. My mother-in-law had ablation for new onset of afib and was very successful. It all depends where your electrical connection is blocked and if the doctor can go there without causing more damage to your heart. There are millions of people that walk around with afib for years. You sure are a survivor and I am so glad you are here, where you have the benefit of so many people with similar histories. If you are not satisfied with the treatment you received for pulmonary hypertension get a second opinion. PH can be difficult to treat but it can be treated by a specialist, to your liking. It is important to listen to your body and if yours wants to rest, comply. I wish you well and would like to know how you are doing after you have seen the doctor. Take good care of yourself I know this is tough time but you are a survivor. Red

redorangedog 2012-01-21 16:18:51 -0600 Report

Hello, I wanted to tell you to have your doctor check for a heart murmur. The first sign of a heart valve problem. The symptoms connected to a leaky valve are shortness of breath and fatigue. Red

arkansasurviver 2012-01-26 19:01:49 -0600 Report

Update they raised my heart rate on my pacemaker and changed my settings. I am feeling so much better now. Apparently they had it set on 60 with in normal influx with activity. So now I am at 70 with normal sensory so it will go up as I am active. So we are doing alot better. No leaks or anything but I did have an afib spell over that weekend and I think that didn't help. Thanks for the help I will let u know if I have more issues.

redorangedog 2012-01-26 23:46:11 -0600 Report

Redorangedog, So glad that you are feeling better. How is the shortness of breath? I talked to a friend of mine that had cardiac ablation a few weeks ago. He told me that he was in bed for a week after his procedure. Red