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    How long after an ablation can I resume playing tennis?

    I have recently been diagnosed with A.F. and A. Flutter and that I need an ablation. Approx how long after the procedure can I resume competition tennis and my walks of up to 9kms?
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    Dr Andrei Catanchin

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr Catanchin is a cardiologist and electrophysiologist managing atrial fibrillation and other heart rhythm disorders with medication, devices (ie. pacemakers, defibrillators) and catheter ablation. He … View Profile

    Different operators give different advice. I generally recommend rest for the first 1-2 weeks, then gradual return to previous activity over the next 2-4 weeks. Remember this is an invasive procedure and the heart requires some time to completely recover.

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    Dr Shakeeb Razak

    Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

    Dr. Shakeeb Razak completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Western Australia and his postgraduate cardiology training at Royal Perth Hospital. He undertook … View Profile

    Depending on how your particular invasive ablation procedure went and what complications you may have experienced during and after it, most operators recommend a period of rest for about 10-14 days post ablation.

    After this, provided the femoral vein punctures have healed well with no sequelae I generally advise a gentle and progressive increase in physical activity over the next 14 days.

    If there has been no adverse outcome following this, I would then recommend a personal review in the clinic first before certifying a return to major physical activity. 

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