What are the side effects of a heart ablation?
- Bleeding or infection at the site where the catheter was inserted.
- Blood vessel damage.
- Heart valve damage.
- New or worsening arrhythmia.
- Slow heart rate that could require a pacemaker to correct.
- Blood clots in the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism)
- Stroke or heart attack.
How long does it take to feel better after an 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 should you monitor after an ablation? Following catheter ablation, patients are seen for a 30-day outpatient follow up visit during which a 12-lead ECG is performed. At 3, 6, and 12 months post-ablation, patients undergo 7-day Holter monitoring to assess AF recurrence, burden, identification of other arrhythmias, and correlation with any reported symptoms.
How long does fatigue last after cardiac 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.”