AFTER CARDIOVERSION

Discharge Instructions

FOR YOUR SAFETY, A RESPONSIBLE ADULT MUST DRIVE YOU HOME AFTER THE PROCEDURE. THE MEDICATION YOU RECEIVED DURING THE PROCEDURE MAKES YOU DROWSY. WE WISH YOU A VERY SPEEDY RECOVERY. HERE IS SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT CARING FOR YOURSELF WHEN YOU GO HOME.pdf2

 

Discomfort

  • It is very common for patients have a sharp chest pain that usually worsens with deep breathing. It can worsen over the first few days after the procedure and then gradually resolves over the next 2-3 weeks. You may have been prescribed pain medications prior to discharge – please take them as instructed. Call the office if you develop chest pain of a different nature.

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WHAT TO MONITOR ONCE AT HOME

  • Check your temperature – A temperature of 101 or greater may be an early sign of infection.
  • Weight – If elevated, you may be asked to take a diuretic to help remove fluid retained after your procedure.
  • Resume normal activity after a week, but avoid any strenuous activities for 2 weeks, such as the gym.
  • Do not drive for 2 days post procedure.
  • Prior to discharge you should discuss when it is appropriate for you to return to work.

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WHEN TO CALL THE DOCTOR

Call your Electrophysiologist if you experience one of the following:

  • Fever
  • Dysphagia< difficulty swallowing
  • Neurological symptoms< numbness, tingling, dizziness, double vision
  • Burning or hesitation with voiding< may be a symptom of a urinary tract infection
  • You should monitor the above symptoms for up to 4 months. These may be symptoms of atrial<esophageal fistula, a rare, but serious potential complication.

Your doctor may advise you to go to the local Emergency Room for evaluation. When to go to the Emergency Room

  • Increasing chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • High fever
  • Neurological symptoms

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Am i supposed to resume my medications especially blood thinners?

Patients generally need to resume all medications including the blood thiiners. If you were not on a blood thinner before you may have been started on one after the ablation procedure. You may be required to take a blood thinning medication, such as Coumadin (warfarin), Pradaxa, Xarelto or Eliquis for two to three months after the procedure. You may be required to have a blood test called an INR on a regular basis so the doctor may evaluate the dosage of Coumadin(Warfarin). INR is generally maintained between 2.0 and 3.0.

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WHEN SHOULD I FOLLOW-UP?

  • Patients generally followup in the clinic in 2-4 weeks of the procedure.
  • Call (602) 456 2342 to schedule this appointment if one was not made for you at the time of your discharge from the hospital.
  • An echocardiogram, EKG, holter or event monitor may be performed as part of your first follow-up evaluation.

 

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