You have had a procedure called cardiac ablation, which was used to correct an abnormal heartbeat or rhythm. This procedure destroyed (ablated) a few of the cells in your heart that were causing your heart rhythm problem. During the procedure, a thin, flexible wire (called a catheter) was inserted into a blood vessel in your upper thigh and threaded up to the heart.
No one can drive home from a procedure after having sedation. You will need to make arrangements for a ride. Doctors typically advise that you not drive for 24 hours after the procedure.
Avoid heavy physical activity for several days after the procedure to allow your body to heal.
Ask your doctor when you can expect to return to work.
Take your temperature and check your incision for signs of infection (redness, swelling, drainage, or warmth) every day for a week. It is normal to have a small bruise or lump where the catheter was inserted.
Take your medications exactly as directed. Don’t skip doses. There may be changes to your medications as a result of the ablation procedure, so be sure to go over your medication instructions with your doctor before you are discharged.
Learn to take your own pulse. Keep a record of your results. Ask your doctor which readings mean that you need medical attention.
Avoid lifting heavy objects for a period of time after your ablation. Ask your doctor for specific recommendations.
Make a follow-up appointment as directed by our staff.
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:
Redness, pain, swelling, bleeding, or drainage from your incision
Chest pain, shortness of breath, or dizziness
Fever above 100.0°F (37.7°C)
Sudden coldness, pain, or numbness in the leg or arm with the insertion site
Nausea or vomiting
Note: Ask your doctor what to expect about your heartbeat. Sometimes the irregularity goes away immediately after the procedure. Other times it may take longer to subside.