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Will I have restrictions after cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation?

Dr. Douglas E. Severance, MD
Family Practitioner

After undergoing cardiac ablation for atrial fibrillation, you go to a recovery room for observation. You should lie completely still to prevent any bleeding. Healthcare professionals will monitor your vital signs, including your blood pressure and heartbeat. If you have no bleeding or other complications, your doctor may allow you to go home. Or, you may need to be hospitalized for several days, depending on certain risk factors, age and any problems present during observation.

After cardiac ablation, you may feel slight pain, but it should go away within a few days to one week. Usually, you should be able to go back to work and resume your daily activities within days of cardiac ablation.

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