I had breast reduction surgery today, I had an episode of arrhythmia with my heart stopping?

I had breast reduction surgery today. Under anesthesia I had an episode of arrhythmia with my heart stopping for a few seconds, prompting the anesthesiologist to tell the PS to wrap it up quickly. I have a 3 year history of palpitations (since I quit taking Klonopin) and last year an eco found an atrial septum aneurysm. The cardiologist gave me an ok for the breast reduction.
The anesthesiologist said I need to tell the cardiologist asap but i can’t reach him.

My dilemma? I’m afraid to go to sleep now. I’m actually afraid I’m going to die in my sleep. I haven’t slept since the surgery this AM because as soon as I start to fall asleep I feel palpitations and I wake up.

Am I right to be worried?

(47, nonsmoker, 72kg, 170cm)

Medications: None


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Dr Ahmed Fawzy
Dr Ahmed Fawzy

My opinion is that you have no reason to be worried, in fact I think what happened was that you were given higher dose of analgesics than you needed, you need to stay cool and stop worrying, as the main danger is in worring too much
Avoid drinking caffeine drinks
Good Luck

Dr. Ayman Darrag
Dr. Ayman Darrag

you do not have to worry all that, this anxiety itself can cause these palpitations when you try to sleep,try lying on a high pillow(shoulders elevated and sleep on your back ,breath well and slowly and do not panic…


Thanks for the query..

Well,your symptoms are appearing to be due to the anaesthesia side effects and in case if you are fine now, you need not to worry..
Sleep well, eat well,and do some meditation..
If you do not sleep you can hamper your health..