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Teri16
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   Posted 4/7/2005 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Cardiac Ablation
 
"Sometimes, the electrical flow gets blocked or travels the same pathways repeatedly creating something of a “short circuit” that disturbs normal heart rhythms. Medicine often helps. In some cases, however, the most effective treatment is to destroy the tissue housing the short circuit. This procedure is called cardiac ablation.

Cardiac ablation is just one of a number of terms used to describe the non-surgical procedure. Other common terms are: cardiac catheter ablation, radiofrequency ablation, cardiac ablation, or simply ablation."
 
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http://www.hrspatients.org/patients/treatments/cardiac_ablation.asp


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   Posted 4/7/2005 10:29 PM (GMT -6)   
  • Here is a description of the Ablation procedure...
  • "Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that uses a catheter and a device for mapping the electrical pathways of the heart. After you are given medicine to relax you, a catheter is inserted into a vein and guided to your heart. Using high-frequency radio waves, doctors can destroy (ablate) the pathways causing the arrhythmia.
  • In some cases, these treatments may not work or they may not be right for you, and surgery may be needed to destroy the source of the irregular heartbeat.

    • Surgical ablation is like radiofrequency ablation. Using computerized mapping techniques, surgeons can find out which cells are "misfiring." A technique called cryoablation can then be used to eliminate tissue with a cold probe and destroy the "misfiring" cells."

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       Posted 4/7/2005 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
    well ani't you the smartone yeah went cardio today he was happey withe the results the doc got going to check the stents in may by cath to make sure they ok told me to lose weight i said okylolo but that is about all he said that i remember
     
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       Posted 4/7/2005 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
     
    EP Study
     
    When someone has an arrhythmia or some type of problem with the electrical circuitry of the heart, they have what is called an EP study. 
     
    When you have an arrhythmia, you have irregular beats as the atria and ventricles are not contracting the way they normally should.
     
    An Ep study is an Electrophysiology Study and is done to understand the electrical system of your heart.
     
     
    http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic3578.htm

    PS  The EP study is usually one of the procedures that is done before an Ablation!!


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       Posted 4/7/2005 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
    BC in Ga!! :)

    I'm so happy that your Dr.'s visit went okay! Now a days, good news is always very welcome!!

    Take care of yourself!!!

    Hugs from Tx.

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       Posted 4/13/2005 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
    I have a good friend that is going to undergo Cardiac Ablation very soon and I wondered if anyone out there that has had one already, would be willing to step in and give her some advice, or let her know what you've all gone through to help her get through this?!
     
    Thank you.  Hugs, Teri tongue
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       Posted 4/14/2005 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
    I had Atrial flutter that would just about bring me to my knees and when it happened, I could not do much. Came on all of a sudden 3 days after 9/11 while walking (usual 3 miles) with my wife and dog. (I wonder if living 30 miles from 9/11 and seeing the smoke on the horizon had anything to do with it??) Went through 5 cardioversions attempting to shock it back to good rhythm and 4 different meds to try to control it, to no avail. (This was over a period of 8 months. Finally got referred to a good EP who did the Catheter Ablation. Took about 5 hours. I am on no meds now, and 98% of the time everything works ok, but it gets a little squirrelly once in a while, but goes back to good rhythym... Ablation procedure was not that bad, catheters in both sides of the groin, plus in the neck. Really cold in the room and the anesthesia gave me a horrible headache and hangover for a couple of days, though.... Just wanted you to know what it is all about.....Thanks Oh yeah, I got the ablation on May 2, 2002, and got downsized 2 weeks later. Nice company, the big computer company with the first letter I. Been hit or miss working since.

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       Posted 4/14/2005 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
    Phil, Welcome to HealingWell!! yeah
     
    I'm glad that your ablation was successful!!  Thanks for jumping in here~it's much appreciated!
     
    Downsizing is the pits and I'm sorry that you had to be a part of that.
     
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       Posted 4/21/2005 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   

    Hi Teri

    I hope your friend won't find the ablation too stressful. I've had two radio frequency ablations (unsuccessful) and didn't find it too troubling. I had a catheter in the groin. The doctor couldn't get one in the vein in my neck. I just had a local anaesthetic where the catheter went in. I was able to watch what was happening on the computer screens, which was interesting but a bit spooky. I could feel the catheter going up through my body, but it didn't hurt. The 'burns' were quite uncomfortable, you feel heat and pressure. But that was up to me, I could have had some morphine but I'm a bit of a control freak and anyway I was interested in what was happening. Your friend can expect to have a very bruised leg for a while afterwards!

    I had both my ablations done as an inpatient and the worst thing about the whole experience was being kept awake all night by noisy nurses. I am a nurse myself and it always amazes me that health professionals so often forget that you are in hospital because you feel ill! I don't think it's too much to ask to be allowed to sleep to help recover a little. (As Ray would say, DGMS). The ablation was quite tireing. You need to rest for a couple of days afterwards. Is there anything in particular your friend would like to know?

    Juliette


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    Teri16
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       Posted 4/21/2005 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
    Thank you so very much!~She's joined the board and she introduced herself...I hope she's been reading this section!! 
     
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    LilacGal
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       Posted 4/24/2005 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   

    Hmmm...I had made a reply to this yesterday...must have gotten stuck in cyberspace somewhere.  :)

    Anyway, thanks Teri for this thread and the information.  I am having my ablation on Monday.  I'm getting nervous about it.  I am curious how tired I'm gonna be the next day.  It's a teacher workday on Tuesday so I told my principal I'd be by as soon as they let me go from the hospital.  I don't have any more sick days to take for it.  (Been in the hospital way too much this school year.)

    How bruised am I going to be?  I'm really hoping they don't have to go in my neck.  I don't want to explain that to my class.  I teach third grade and don't want to answer those questions.
     
    I'm trying to keep busy today...been doing laundry to distract myself from thinking about this.  (Yay!  Towels! tongue )
     
     
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    Teri16
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       Posted 4/24/2005 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
    Hi Lil! smurf
     
    I'm thinking of you and saying prayers for you!  Hoping that this procedure will go much more smoothly for you this time with a new Dr. and new Hospital!!
     
    Please let us know, Lil, how everything goes for you and maybe for the first time in a year, you can get up and move around without all the fainting and lightheadedness and palpitations! yeah
     
    Good luck, my friend!
     
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       Posted 4/24/2005 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
    Hi Lil!  Just wanted to let you know you will be in my prayers tomorrow for a successful ablation.  You've already heard my story about my ablation so I won't bore you with it again except to say it was a SUCCESS and I would do it again in a heart beat...an irregular one!  LOL  As far as the bruising, I was bruised pretty good on both groin areas where they inserted the cath.  But then I bruise very easily!  God Bless and hope to hear how it went as soon as you feel like posting!  yeah   Hugs, Pat

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       Posted 4/24/2005 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   

    Pat, I'm glad to hear from you and that you are doing okay!  I'm glad that your ablation was successful and now I'm with you~ hoping and praying that Lil's is just as successful!!

    Hugs, Teri tongue


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       Posted 4/24/2005 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   
    Lil, my prayers are with you~Best wishes and Hugs, Teri
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       Posted 4/25/2005 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   

    Lil

    Glad you went to mass and got the annonting for the sick that does help and remember all of us  here are lifting you up in prayer and in yuor pockets too just have someon post when you get home home or after your ablation and let us kow how it goes again I am praying for you my dear Christian Sister.

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       Posted 4/25/2005 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
    I'm sure thinking of you this morning, Lil!!! Big Hugs, Teri
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       Posted 4/26/2005 12:54 PM (GMT -6)   
    smurf  Lil, I hope you are doing alright and I'm waiting to hear how you're doing?!  Hope you are well,
     Love and Hugs, Teri smurf
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       Posted 4/26/2005 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   
    Hi Lilac,

    I am thinking and praying for you as well. Wondering how you are doing.
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       Posted 4/26/2005 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
    Welcome to our cardiac forum Dana! :)

    Please feel free to join us whenever you are able!

    Teri :)


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    Danarx
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       Posted 4/26/2005 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
    Thank you for the welcome Teri,

    I usually post on the lupus and bipolar forum, however chatted a few times with lilac. And I knew she had the cardiac ablation done monday.
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       Posted 4/26/2005 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
    Hi y'all!
     
    I'm home!!!  And it looks like everything went great!  My EP said, after having to search really hard, he found the spot in my heart that was causing the tachy and was able to get my heart rate going at about 230.  He zapped the spot and wasn't able to get my tachy going after that.  Yay!!!  He thinks he fixed my heart.  Time will tell for sure but I feel great!  Well, actually, I feel like crap - I'm tired and sore - but emotionally, I'm wonderful!  I was monitored all night and nothing but a normal sinus rhythm.  I've had a couple runs of PVC's during the day but he said that would be normal and not to worry.  My EP seems to think I'm cured of this.  I am so happy. 
     
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       Posted 4/26/2005 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
    WooHoo, Lil!! smurf
     
    This is the greatest news!  I'm really happy for you that life may continue on a more normal pace for you from here on, without all the medical interuptions!  Much, much good luck and best wishes on a complete speedy recovery, Lil!! yeah
     
    Keep us posted please about your recovery and maybe even what got you where are now, today?!
     
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       Posted 4/26/2005 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
    That is great lil,

    I am so happy everything went well!!!
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       Posted 4/27/2005 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
    Lil, hope you are doing alright tonight?!~and that your days are much happier ones now.

    Your Friend always, Teri :)
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