My dad who is 71 and extremely fit had an ablation procedure in '09 that was unsuccessful and just had his 2nd one this month. Less than 2 weeks after his ablation, he has already gone into fibrillation twice. Is this a sign that the procedure did not work? He is very concerned.
Only time will tell. The advice most people receive from their doctor is to wait at least 8 weeks+ to assess the outcome of the procedure.
It sounds like the 2nd procedure is more successful than the 1st? At least this is a step in the right direction. It's not uncommon for people to keep trying options until the outcome is acceptable. It's not uncommon to nee 2, 3, even 4 ablations. Some will then move onto maze procedures.
Was he a runner? wondering because I think we're seeing like a 10% incidence rate of a-fib for people who did a lot of cardio fitness when younger as they age. I think this is a higher rate than the general population. If he was a runner, you might want to do more research for athlete/a-fib. There might be a particular strategy that works better for this group.
I haven't had an ablation....yet, but from what I understand it is quite common to experience that for up to 2-3 months after the procedure because the heart has been irritated and it takes awhile to adjust and settle back down. He definitely should be running this by his Dr. I hope the second time has been the charm for him. :)
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