Scared about Ablation for AFib.
I am a 67 year old woman with paroxysmal AFIB diagnosed in October of 2018. On Wednesday, 3/20, I am having an ablation. I had two cardiac stents placed about 10 years ago, so SOME of the procedure I’m familiar with, but this seems much more frightening to me. I like and trust both my cardiologist and the EP who will be doing the procedure, but there wasn’t much time for them to answer all my questions. I am BEGGING anyone who has had an ablation to tell me what it’s going to be like AFTER the procedure. I’ve read and heard SO many conflicting stories, I don’t know what or who to believe and that is pushing my anxiety through the roof! Will it really be 3-6 months before I know if the ablation worked? Will I really still have episodes of AFIB for months afterwards? Will I have lots of chest pains, which I’ve read I will? How am I really going to feel? I know I will need to stay on the Xarelto, but will they put me on antiarrhythmics as well? I am just so scared about the “after” part of this procedure as nobody has really told me everything I can expect. I have panic disorder, which definitely does NOT help, but when I KNOW what to expect, I can control the panic. PLEASE…….if any of you can help me soon I would be ever so grateful. I have nobody to turn to but you folks. Thank you from the bottom of my wonky heart. Linda