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Is it normal if heart flutter and miss beats after a catheter ablation?

Is it normal if heart flutter and miss beats after a catheter ablation?

Yes: For the first 1-2 weeks following a catheter ablation, palpitations or a sense that the heart is beating irregularly, is common and are likely secondary to irritation of the heart from the ablation procedure. These symptoms are typically very brief. Symptoms of longer duration may represent recurrence of the arrhythmia for which the ablation was undertaken. ...Read more

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Dr. Volkan Tuzcu
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Catheter Ablation (Definition)

Ablation from latin means destruction. Most commonly this is applied to cardiac procedures with the goal of preventing recurrent cardiac arrythmias such as atrial fibrillation of flutter. A catheter in introduced via the venous circulation and electrophysiologic studies are performed to precise the site of the focus of electrical disturbance which is then ablated by ...Read more


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Is it normal to be nauseous the day after having a cardiac ablation?

Is it normal to be nauseous the day after having a cardiac ablation?

Nausea: The short answer is “yes”. However, the causes could be related to several things including medications administered to you during and after the procedure. You should contact the physician who perform the procedure. ...Read more

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I've read it is normal if you heart skips a beat or beats late once in a while. Is this true?

I've read it is normal if you heart skips a beat or beats late once in a while. Is this true?

Yes: Very often healthy people will have small irregularities in their rhythm. It is not normal to have significant symptoms from this or for the irregular beats to continue beyond a few seconds - if this is happening then this person should be evaluated by a physician for blood work, have an ekg and may require a holter monitor (looks at rhythm over time). ...Read more

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When my heart is beating normally I get an extra strong beat / thud followed by a pause then normal rhythm resumes? What Am I experincing. Echo Normal

When my heart is beating normally I get an extra strong beat / thud followed by a pause then normal rhythm resumes? What Am I experincing. Echo Normal

An irregular heart: beat is what you are experiencing. This could come from upper of lower chamber of the heart. You need additional tests such as holter monitor, ekg, chest x-ray. See a heat specialist. ...Read more

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I was pause for 7 seconds when my heart fibrilation. is it dangerous? whether requiring a pacemaker? thank you

I was pause for 7 seconds when my heart fibrilation. is it dangerous? whether requiring a pacemaker? thank you

If with symptoms: A pause of 7 seconds is long enough for some people to case symptoms of weakness,dizziness ,etc particularly if it is happening regularly. A pacemaker would help in this instance but it is just that. It prevents the heart from slowing but it does not make the heart any stronger. The Atrial Fibrillation however has more serious consequences like Stroke and requires more attention ...Read more

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Is it normal for there to be a pause in pulse after every 2 normal beats?

Is it normal for there to be a pause in pulse after every 2 normal beats?

Not normal.: This is not a normal finding. The reason for this needs to be clarified via heart monitoring. ...Read more

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I get a lot of heart thumps or skipped beats but electro is normal. Is this test enough to rule out heart problem?

I get a lot of heart thumps or skipped beats but electro is normal. Is this test enough to rule out heart problem?

Incomplete evaluatio: The next test that should be done is a 24 hour Holter monitor. Hopefully you will sense some skipped or abnormal beats while you wear the recorder and the doctor can see if it is anything to worry about. Lab work may also be advisable. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose your breath for a quick second when your heart skips a beat? (palpitation). Had countless Ekgs, an echo, and a holter 3 yr ago.

Is it normal to lose your breath for a quick second when your heart skips a beat? (palpitation). Had countless Ekgs, an echo, and a holter 3 yr ago.

Skipping normal: Skipping a beat is commons and completely normal. It could definitely feel strange when it happens. Sounds like you have had extensive work up where reassurance would have been sufficient. Please save your time and money if it happens again. ...Read more

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With a bicuspid aortic valve is it normal to feel your heart have a spasam then feel like it stops for a couple seconds then start beating like normal?

With a bicuspid aortic valve is it normal to feel your heart have a spasam then feel like it stops for a couple seconds then start beating like normal?

BAVD is the most : Common congenital heart defect affecting adults. Aortic valve have 2leaflets instead of 3. With time the valve will become nonfunctional due to calcium deposits. Symptoms of chest pain, dizziness or fainting, shortness of breath, palpitations depending on type of damage( stenosis vs regurgitation). You may be having premature ventricular contractions. I will recommend cardiology eval asap. ...Read more

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Hi! Would an echocardiogram detect an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia? I had one done within the year but still get random flutter and heart racing

Hi! Would an echocardiogram detect an abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia?  I had one done within the year but still get random flutter and heart racing

ECHO and EKG: The ECHO is performed for cardiac morphology, such as are the valve leaking, do I have a cardiac shunt, and how well is the muscle contracting. The EKG measures the electrical activity of the heart, usually the patient wears a device for 24 hrs. and the recording is analyzed in the lab. Go back to your cardiologist, and request a holter monitoring, after the assessment, therapy can be provided, m ...Read more

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Is it normal to have heart palpitations after menopause?

Is it normal to have heart palpitations after menopause?

Fairly common.: Hormonal changes can cause premature beats and runs of rapid beating. If they continue to recur, they merit a careful cardiovascular evaluation, including an EKG, complete history, physical exam and blood tests, including tests for anemia, kidney function and thyroid function. Treatment with beta blockers and other drugs can help whether there's another cause or simply hormonal changes. ...Read more

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If someone's heart stops from ventricular fibrillation, will a defibrillator restore heart rhythm or is it too late?

If someone's heart stops from ventricular fibrillation, will a defibrillator restore heart rhythm or is it too late?

ICD: Icds are implanted to monitor the electrical activity of very abnormal hearts to see if a life threatening rhythm occurs. If it detects one of these rhythms, it will charge its capacitor and fire a shock to defibrillate the heart back to stable rhythm. In appropriate patients these devices save lives. ...Read more

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Sometimes there's a flutter near my throat, & when I take pulse, heart beat feel weaker & has pause, then return to normal. Benign? routine ECG is ok.

Sometimes there's a flutter near my throat, & when I take pulse, heart beat feel weaker & has pause, then return to normal. Benign? routine ECG is ok.

Ask for "Holter moni: a device that you can wear for 1-3 days that records variations in your heart throughout the day and night can define what is happening and the cardiologist who reads it can tell whether it is normal. Everyone's heart rate varies to some degree. Your physician or the cardiologist with whom he consults can arrange this ...Read more

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I had an ablation 2 weeks ago for avnrt. Having lots of skipped/extra heart beats. Is this normal? Will it get better? Doesn't feel good.

I had an ablation 2 weeks ago for avnrt. Having lots of skipped/extra heart beats. Is this normal? Will it get better? Doesn't feel good.

You and your: Insurer paid a bundle to have this electrophysiologic obliteration of a focus causing abnormal rhythms. Wait until tomorrow, but call or even show up at his/her office telling them what you wrote. Sure, it could get better, it could get worse, but you deserve attention, so give them the opportunity to make it right...Now. ...Read more

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How accurate is a bloodpresure monitor if used to measure my pulse rate while I have an attack of atrial fibrillation?Does it miss any heart beats?

How accurate is a bloodpresure monitor if used to measure my pulse rate while I have an attack of atrial fibrillation?Does it miss any  heart beats?

Depends: Some monitors may miscount if you have a very fast irregular pulse but it'll probably be accurate. There are a number of other apps you could use to correlate, or do it the old fashion way: feel your pulse in your neck (or wrist) for thirty seconds and multiply by 2. ...Read more

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I get frequent pvcs or pacs in my heart everyday, blood test are normal and ecg is normal too but holter shows the pvcs or pacs. Is it dangerous?

I get frequent pvcs or pacs in my heart everyday, blood test are normal and ecg is normal too but holter shows the pvcs or pacs. Is it dangerous?

PVCs, PACs: In general random pacs and pvcs don't mean a whole lot. You should discuss with the doctor who knows you best and has access to all your information. You likely have nothing to worry about, but can't give you reassurance without more information. ...Read more

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Is it normal if heart flutter and miss beats after a catheter ablation?

Yes: For the first 1-2 weeks following a catheter ablation, palpitations or a sense that the heart is beating irregularly, is common and are likely secondary to irritation of the heart from the ablation procedure. These symptoms are typically very brief. Symptoms of longer duration may represent recurrence of the arrhythmia for which the ablation was undertaken. ...Read more

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I had catheter ablation for SVT on 6-6-2015, after one week I've been facing missings in my heart beat daily and feeling very uncomfortable.solution?

I had catheter ablation for SVT on 6-6-2015, after one week I've been facing missings in my heart beat daily and feeling very uncomfortable.solution?

Ep: Definitely see your electrophsiologist, or at least your PCP to get an ECG, and if unremarkable, wear a heart monitor. You may need some adjustment in your medications, or less likely, a pacemaker if the ablation cause some damage to your conduction system. ...Read more

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How long does it take the heart to heal after a catheter ablation for svt?

How long does it take the heart to heal after a catheter ablation for svt?

Depends: This is usually not an issue of healing but of getting the right destruction of the right area of the heart. Healing will most likely be completed in a matter of a week but it is not a healing issue. Discuss with your cardiologist/electophysiologist and have a complete understanding prior to the procedure unless done emergently. Monitoring may be in order for a while after the procedure. ...Read more

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How long should I feel fatigued after heart ablation. Had second catheter ablation 3months ago. I am a 53 year old male 6'1 180 pounds.?

How long should I feel fatigued after heart ablation. Had second catheter ablation 3months ago. I am a 53 year old male 6'1 180 pounds.?

What Type?: What type of ablation was this? Generally speaking, fatigue is not a side effect of ablation procedures. Some patients expect to feel big (but unrealistic) increases in energy after the procedure and feel comparatively fatigued when they fail to feel more "awake." meds started after the procedure may also lead to fatigue. ...Read more

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How to determine my max heart rate during exercise? I am a 52yr old male ex af patient 2.5yrs ago, following successful catheter ablation procedure.

How to determine my max heart rate during exercise? I am a 52yr old male ex af patient 2.5yrs ago, following successful catheter ablation procedure.

168: Maximum heart rate depends on age using the formula 220-age=maximum heart rate. In your case 100% of maximum predicted heart rate is 168. I recommend 85% of this number which is about 143 bpm. It should not go above 168. ...Read more

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Can you have a catheter ablation for a heart arrhythmia?

Yes: Catheter ablations for cardiac arrhythmias are now well-established procedures. The specifics in terms of likelihood for success and/or complications depends on the exact nature of the dysrhythmia. You should see a heart rhythm specialist called an electro physiologist for more information. ...Read more

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I had catheter ablation last year for SVT avnrt. Now I am 9weeks pregnant and have irregular heartbeats again.My heart pauses for 10 sec before the next beat. I can't breath. Is it svt? What do I do?

I had catheter ablation last year for SVT avnrt. Now I am 9weeks pregnant and have irregular heartbeats again.My heart pauses for 10 sec before the next beat. I can't breath. Is it svt? What do I do?

Revisit the issue: Please let the electrophysiologist performed the procedure know this without delays... In addition, keep your ob/gyn informed of this as well... Wishing you the best luck! ...Read more

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I had catheter ablation for atrial flutter at BW. How long before I resume normal exercise. I was a rower & am used to strenuous workouts. I am 62.

I had catheter ablation for atrial flutter at BW. How long before I resume normal exercise. I was a rower & am used to strenuous workouts. I am 62.

A flutter ablation: I would give yourself time to heal. Atrial flutter ablations are not simple and benign procedures. I would make sure you stay in a good rhythm and give yourself a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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I had catheter ablation for SVT and atrial flutter yesterday. Should I feel a different heartbeat if i'm cured?

Yes: If you were constantly in an abnormal rhythm and the ablation was successful, you should feel different. However, if the rhythm was intermittent it may be more difficult to discern a difference. ...Read more

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Palpitations, heart flutters, like your heart drops in your chest likes its drowning and then goes back to normal, what to do?

Palpitations, heart flutters, like your heart drops in your chest likes its drowning and then goes back to normal, what to do?

Palpitation treat: Treatments include not using caffeine, alcohol , street drugs, smoking and other stimulant substances. Try to learn meditation and other calming techniques, cut out herbal substances, cough and cold medicines, nutritional supplements, see your doctor to be sure no direct heart problem and for treatment if the basics above don't help. ...Read more

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8 yr old sister complained of heart flutter as we were walking. I sat and talked. Pulse was normal. She said she has them very rarely. Normal?

8 yr old sister complained of heart flutter as we were walking. I sat and talked. Pulse was normal. She said she has them very rarely. Normal?

How old are you?: Post your age then ask again. Put your age in your public profile so we can see it. Minors cannot post, but people 16 and over may post. Then you may ask a question about a minor. Be honest! ...Read more

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I feel my heart flutter when going from a squating position to a standing position. No dizziness just heart flutter feeling. Is this normal?

I feel my heart flutter when going from a squating position to a standing position. No dizziness just heart flutter feeling. Is this normal?

Most probably: What you are having are extrabeats like premature atrial or ventricular contractions. Can be normal in a young healthy person. If continue a holter test and ekg good idea. Also excess coffee and energy drinks, dehydration if during exercise, hyperthyroidism, cold medicine, street drugs like marihuana, lack of physical conditioning etc. To mention few. See your doctor for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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I drink caffeine and have anxiety. I've had a few normal EKG but sometimes i feel my heart flutter a little. Is this normal?

I drink caffeine and have anxiety. I've had a few normal EKG but sometimes i feel my heart flutter a little. Is this normal?

Caffeine: Caffeine can cause palpitations -- it's part of its pharmacological profile. It can also worsen anxiety, especially if you have an anxiety disorder. You could stop the caffeine and see what happens . . . You might feel a whole lot better. ...Read more

Catheter (Definition)

A catheter is a thin plastic tube that is inserted into the body to obtain fluids/blood or give medicine. So some catheters can be placed in the veins and medicine given directly into the body, IV fluids given or blood sampled. A catheter can be placed in the bladder ...Read more


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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more