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Your child had a catheter ablation to try to correct a problem with their heartbeat (heart rhythm).
Your child may have a bruise or a small lump where the catheters were put in. The area may feel sore for a few days after the procedure. Your child may need more sleep than usual for a few days.
At home, your child should not do any hard exercise until your doctor says it is okay. Your doctor will tell you when your child can go back to school or daycare.
This procedure can be stressful for you and your child. Your child's recovery will depend on why the procedure was needed.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's 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 your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child 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 changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if your child has any problems.
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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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