How will I feel after the procedure?

You may feel fatigue or chest discomfort during the first 48 hours after the procedure. Please tell your doctor or nurse if any of these symptoms are prolonged or severe.

You may experience skipped heartbeats or short episodes of atrial fibrillation after the procedure. After your heart has healed, these abnormal heartbeats should subside.

What instructions will I receive before I leave the hospital?

Your doctor will discuss the results of the procedure and answer any questions you have. You will receive specific instructions about how to care for yourself after the procedure including medication guidelines, wound care, activity guidelines, pacemaker care and maintenance, and a follow-up schedule.

Will I be taking new medications?

You may need to take an antiarrhythmic medication to control abnormal heartbeats. Your doctor will give you the prescriptions and medication instructions you need. Ask your doctor if you should continue taking your previous medications.

Will I be able to drive myself home?

For your safety, a responsible adult must drive you home. Your driver should be ready to take you home by 10:00 a.m. on the morning of your discharge day.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 04/29/2019.

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