Do I have irregular heart rhythm due to an ablation surgery done a week ago?

Q. Is it normal for a patient to have an irregular heartbeat after an ablation?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 28, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jul 25, 2023

Hello doctor,

I had an ablation done a week ago and have irregular heart rhythms. I can see my heart rhythm on my electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor, and I can send the images. I did not mention that I have supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), but I want to know if it is normal to have this rhythm after surgery. It seems I am getting it more frequently. Today I experienced it throughout the day. On the ECG, it just looks like the first beat is inverted. I would just like to know if that is completely normal. Should I consult a doctor? Is it something serious?



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From the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), I can see that your heart rate is normal. Only these few complexes look odd, but they are probably artifactual defects because the heart rate is the same. Moreover, handheld devices are unreliable, so I suggest you get an electrocardiogram (ECG) done. Sometimes ectopic beats might occur after ablation but they will resolve in a few weeks. Sometimes, supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) recurs due to incomplete ablation.

Thank you doctor for the reply,

Should I go to the hospital to get an electrocardiogram (ECG) done? I cannot even feel some beats in my chest, but I can feel some beats in my neck. I have episodes where I cannot feel my heart rhythm for a minute. Sometimes, my heart beats so strongly that I can feel it all over my body.



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You might need some time, but I suggest you get an electrocardiogram (ECG) done when you have symptoms.

Thank you doctor for the reply,

I am grateful to you for your suggestions. I will wait till the next week and consult my doctor.



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Thank you for giving a positive feedback, and you can consult me whenever your symptoms bother you.

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