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You had a catheter ablation to try to correct a problem with your heartbeat (heart rhythm). You may have swelling, bruising, or a small lump around the sites where the catheters went into your body. These should go away in 3 to 4 weeks.
You can do light activities at home. Don't do anything strenuous until your doctor says it is okay. This may be for several days.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for any changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if you have any problems.
Current as of: September 7, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine & Stephen Fort MD, MRCP, FRCPC - Interventional Cardiology
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