Post Atrial Fibrillation Radiofrequency Ablation Discharge Instructions

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You will need a 4-6 week follow-up appointment with us, please call 480-246-3000 to schedule this appointment if one was not made for you at the time of your discharge from the hospital.


What to Expect:
  • It is very common for patients to have sharp chest pain that usually worsens with inspiration. It can worsen over the first few days after the procedure and then gradually resolve over the next 2-3 weeks. Call the office if you develop chest pain of a different nature.
  • It is common for patients to feel recurrent palpitations after the procedure, even when successful. You may go back into atrial fibrillation shortly after you leave the hospital. It is not uncommon to experience atrial fibrillation recurrences for at least 8 weeks after the ablation. Given these circumstances, your provider may choose to keep you on medication during this period.


Call if you experience:
  • Significant redness, heat, swelling, drainage or severe pain at your puncture site. If any bleeding occurs, hold direct pressure at the site until the bleeding stops and then call our office.
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher.
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness.
  • Visual problems or weakness in the arms or legs.


DO:
  • Shower as usual, even on the day of discharge. Don’t scrub the puncture site, wash gently with soap and pat dry.
  • Continue to take previous medications unless told otherwise at the time of discharge.
  • You may be required to take a blood thinning medication, such as Coumadin (Warfarin) for 3-6 months after the procedure.
  • If you are on Warfarin, you will be required to have a blood test called an INR on a regular basis, so your provider may evaluate the dosage. The INR must be kept between 2.0 and 3.0 during this time.
  • You will need to come back to see us for a follow-up appointment within 4-6 weeks. Unless you are experiencing a problem, your follow up with be with an Advanced Practitioner. At that time you may undergo an ECG, CT scan or other tests.
  • If you are currently taking a DOAC/NOAC (Direct Oral Anticoagulant vs. New Oral Anticoagulant), continue taking unless otherwise told.


DON'T:
  • Do not take a tub bath, Jacuzzi or swim for 2 days.
  • Do not lift over 5-10lbs. for 5 days.
  • NO DRIVING FOR 24 HOURS AFTER THIS PROCEDURE.
  • Avoid vigorous exertion or exercise for 4 days.
  • Do not stop your AAD (antiarrhythmic drugs) or DOAC/NOAC (Direct Oral Anticoagulant vs. New Oral Anticoagulant) unless otherwise told.