After your catheter ablation procedure, you will stay overnight for observation. Most patients are discharged from the hospital the next morning. Your doctor will discuss the results of the procedure with you.
When you return home, you may have to limit your activity for a couple of days but most patients return to their normal routines quickly. Your doctor will talk to you about any activities you may have to avoid while you are healing. Be sure to take any medications that your doctor has prescribed.
Your doctor will likely want to see you in a few months to check on your healing and monitor your heart rhythms. One catheter ablation is usually enough to treat atrial fibrillation. In some cases, individuals need a repeat procedure to achieve full success.
It’s important to have regular check-ups to make sure atrial fibrillation has not returned. Even without symptoms, atrial fibrillation is a serious medical condition. If atrial fibrillation is not treated, it may lead to a stroke, heart failure, or fatigue.
It is important for you to get the right answers to your questions about your procedure. Talk to your doctor if you have questions, or contact Medtronic LifeLine Patient Services.
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