New FAQ: Why Anticoagulate Post-Ablation?
“I was told that I will have to take an anticoagulant for about 2-3 months after my ablation. If fibrillation episodes are reduced or eliminated after an ablation, shouldn’t there be even less need for a prescription anticoagulant rather than more?”
Your doctors are being cautious. Making RF burns around your pulmonary veins or in other parts of your heart obviously affects the integrity of your heart tissue. During your ablation, you’re given the IV anticoagulant heparin and anticoagulants afterwards to make sure none of this damaged tissue produces a clot.
Also, the irritation and inflammation of the RF burns may temporarily puts you at more risk of producing bursts of A-Fib after your ablation…. Read more of Steve’s answer->