Recovery From Ablation--How Long?

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thedwp
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   Posted 9/14/2005 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor told me it could take up to six months to a year to fully recover from my ablation. I had mine at the end of April (05) so it's been almost 5 months. Recently I have developed these extra beats, like I would have before I would go into SVT but they just flutter then stop, but I've been having them for the past 2 weeks. Anybody else with an ablation ever experience periods of these types of episodes?


Hey Teri: Thanks for your advice from the last post...Trust me I take all these posts with a grain of salt. I guess as human beings it's nice to hear your not alone.
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Patoolla
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   Posted 9/14/2005 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my ablation a year ago and my EP doc warned me that I may feel that dreaded "ker thud" I always felt just before an SVT episode so I wasn't alarmed when that happened.  What I didn't realize was the I would have some PVC's and PAC's during the healing period.  The 1st time I had them it really scared me so I went in to see the cardio just to make sure whatever was happening wasn't dangerous.  I wore the heart monitor and it caught a few isolated PVC's and PAC's and the doc told me they were benign.  I had a few bouts with them for about 4 months after my ablation then they just went away.  So it was just part of the heart healing from the ablation.  On a rare occassion even after a year I get that ker thud but, thank goodness, the SVT does not follow!   Hopefully that is what is going on with you also.  It wouldn't hurt to mention it to your cardio on your next appointment.  Or maybe even call and talk to the nurse about it.  My feeling is that if you haven't had any SVT episode since the ablation it was a successful one!  Congratulations from one who also had a successful one!  tongue    Hugs, Pat

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   Posted 9/14/2005 12:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, thedwp, you are not alone - we are here for you!  One of our regulars here is back to working as a teacher full time, so she doesn't have as much time as before, but I'll give her a head's up on your post here!  She's been through the mill, too, and is still having occasional problems after her 3rd ablation.
 
I think if your Dr. told you one year as a target date, then that is probably the 'average' time frame.  Everyone's a bit different.
 
I hope a few others see your post here and are able to offer you some support.
 
My best wishes to you, Teri tongue
 
And I do understand about the not wanting to feel alone. :)
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thedwp
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   Posted 9/14/2005 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Patoola: It is soooo nice not to have the ole' runnaways anymore...when you say you had a few bout of the PVC's for four months how long did they last? Was it like one a day or did they come in groups...mine have been back off and on for about two weeks now.
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LilacGal
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   Posted 9/14/2005 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   

Hiya!

I had my first ablation in April '05 too.  My second was in June and the third the end of July.  My docs said it would take six months to a year to feel completely well.  I have had that fluttery feeling...the PVCs...PACs...I saw the report from my holter monitor before and after my third ablation and I'm having more PVCs and PACs now then I was having before.  But they're not dangerous...just annoying.  

Another thing my doc told me was that after being through so much this past year, I'm also more sensitive to feeling my funny heartbeats.  After all, I've just spent a lot of time recognizing differences in my heartbeats and heartrates so I could make sure I was ok...now I've just got to learn to relax about my heart.  (And that's harder than it sounds!!)

A couple weeks ago, I had an SVT episode...HR was about 145 for about 10-15 minutes.  I told my ep about it...he told me not to worry.  I could expect that to happen every once in a while.  I'm still healing.  You're still healing too...It's hard not to worry about it...trust me, I know!!  I still can't walk up the stairs without getting really out of breath...that worries me but I'm working on putting it out of my mind. 

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thedwp
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   Posted 9/14/2005 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey there Lil:

Thanks for the response...WOW you have been through it...I guess since I've only had the one I tend to forget about it and think I hould be as good as new even after 5 mths...I'm trying to relax, I guess going through this makes you more aware of your heart...I'm actually starting to "expect" the pvc's and when I do that it seems like they show up right on time...I've got to learn to forget about them I guess. Well thanks for response and take care of yourself! :-)
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   Posted 9/15/2005 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Thinking of you thedwp and hoping you are feeling okay/better today?!
 
Hugs, Teri tongue
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thedwp
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   Posted 9/15/2005 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for thinking of me Teri...today has actually been ok, I had some flareups when I woke up but all was quite until around 8pm tonight then I had a few more...so I popped a betablocker and that calmed them down. I'm trying some magnizeum suppliments (I can't spell tonight) 250 twice a day to see if that will help. I guess it will just take a day at a time to see if they decide to go or stay. Thanks again for your thoughts and support.
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Teri16
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   Posted 9/15/2005 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have heard that magnesium does seem to play a role in maintaining good cardiovascular health and that it may help with irregular heart arrhythmias, along with diabetes and other health problems like high blood pressure and perhaps strokes. Eating green leafy vegetables or whole grain foods help naturally supply us with magnesium.

Keep us posted and let us know how all this helps you?!

Hugs, Teri :)
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Patoolla
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   Posted 9/16/2005 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi dwp.  Sorry I missed your question that you asked a couple of days ago.  The 1st time I had the PVC's was about 4 weeks after my ablation and they lasted about an hour.  Of course they really scared me and I was so worried that my ablation had caused another arrythmia.  I had another short spurt of them the next day for about a half hour and I made myself keep calm doing deep breathing and telling myself it was nothing to be alarmed about.  Saw the doc and wore the heart monitor within a few days of the 1st episode and of course, with the monitor I didn't have any episodes that I felt.  It did catch a few isolated PVC's and PAC's but the doc assured me they were benign.  I got a lot of support from my friends on the different heart boards I visit and that helped me keep calm too.  After that I just had short episodes sometimes weeks apart so I felt pretty sure these were just going to happen till my heart healed from the ablation.  The last one was about 4 months after the ablation and I haven't felt one since then.  Sorry, I've repeated a lot that I said in my previous post.  eyes    LOL  Hopefully yours will go away too with the healing of your heart.  Hugs, Pat


 
 
 
 


thedwp
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   Posted 9/17/2005 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, only time will tell but for some reason they are less frequent maybe 4 or 5 times per day...I prob need to go to an EP but we just moved and our new insurance has not kicked in yet and I don't want to pay $50000000000000000 to have the guy tell me "it's nothing to worry about"...Overall I feel fine, no other symptoms...It's like I'm less freaked out so when they happen, I don't stress and they stay away..(which tells me that they are related to stress for me)...thanks again you guys! :-)
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   Posted 9/17/2005 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, thedwp!! Thinking of you. Hugs, Teri :)
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