Days after Catheter Ablation and feeling arrythmia still

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Sixy
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   Posted 8/3/2007 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anyone who cares to listen/reply to me,
 
I am new to this so I hope I am starting off okay.
 
I had my ablation done on monday past for SVT whch I have had since I was 12 yrs old - I am now 34yrs and was hoping going through this procedure would give me back the time I have lost through having SVT all this time.
 
The Cardiologist said that the procedure was a success and that he hadn't had to try hard to find my arrhythmia of SVT which was up at 266 - 270 during the EP Study.  The cardiologist also stated during the ablation the words 'precipitating Atrial Fibrillation' - this has played on my mind since.
 
Later on that night whilst still in the hospital I experienced ectopic beats (not sure whether they were pvc or pac) and also fluttering in my chest which feels exactly the same as SVT but not as strong in sensation and only lasting about 5 seconds - I reported this to the nurses but they were not phased by this - when they did do an ECG - after I asked twice, they found my normal heart rhythm was high (130 - 150bpm) which at the time they did the ECG I knew already because the rhythm was not similar to what I had complained of originally.
 
Having been home now for 4 days I still feel the ectopic beats and the SVT like arrhythmias (still only for a few seconds) but I am worried sick that the Cardiologist has missed an area or pathway that may still be there causing me these symptoms.
 
I don't want to go out, I don't want to eat, I am absolutely fed up and don't know where this is leading me - I know it has been noted that you can experience these Ectopics and arrhythmia symptoms after an ablation but I really am struggling.

els
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   Posted 8/7/2007 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sixy, Welcome to Healing Well.  I am so sorry this is happening to you.  I dont really know much about the ablations but arrythmias I do have.  Perhaps if this is still going on you can give your doc a call and see what they say?  It sounds like you need to have some reassurance here regarding your procedure.  I hope your doctor can give you some and also that members who have gone through this can chime in and rely their stories to you also. 

Please know you are always welcome here so keep posting.  Sometimes the heart forum gets slow but hang in there with us dear.  Take care.


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Sixy
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   Posted 8/8/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for replying to me - I have been in touch with my cardiologist they put me on another 24 hour recorder, I am waiting for the results now.
 
I am so upset that I am still feeling these ectopic beats and what feel like runs of them too/else a shorter version of my original SVT - I am petrified I am going to end up with AF.
 
I appreciate your reply - thanks so much.

els
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   Posted 8/8/2007 9:54 AM (GMT -6)   

I am glad you got in touch with your doc and they are checking into it.  I can understand your fear even though i don't have the same problems.  I have sick sinus syndrome, bradycardia with a pacemaker implant.  I am 33 years old.  Even though my pacemaker paces at about 80% which means that my heart rate drops below the settings of 70 beats per minute (before the pacer it was in the 20's) the rest of the time I have arrhythmias and there have been some afib that the pacemaker has picked up.  It is quite painful and worrisome.

All this started for me in August 05 so it has taken me quite some time to learn how to not concentrate on not worrying that I am just going to fall over dead from my heart stopping or something weird like that.  not that I don't still have anxiety when I have chest pain and pressure but I do greatly understand what your feeling.

Please do keep posting.  I found this site after I got sick and it really helped me a lot just getting some of those feelings out was a huge relief.


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Sixy
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   Posted 8/9/2007 5:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi again,
 
I am sorry to hear of your problems also - so unfair.
 
I am waiting to hear back from the hospital about the results of the 24 hour tape - in the meantime my husband and I are looking at the reality that I am not confident about returning to my job full time as I cannot get my head together with all of this at the moment - therefore we are now looking into the financial issues that will occur - we have worked hard for what we have and it feels like it's all going to be compromised because of a heart problem - which I thought would be fixed after the procedure and that I would get a quality of life that I had never had before.
 
Take Care

els
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   Posted 8/11/2007 5:40 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Sixy, All these disorders/illnesses are devastating no matter how old we are.  I have gotten through the "why me" phase...really had no choice to tell you truth, my mother has pushed me all the way, God Bless her.  I dont know what I would with out her.

The waiting for results is hard.  Hospitals, doctors and nurses tend to take their time not really realizing that the person is sitting on the edge of their patience waiting to hear how the rest of their life is going to play out.  I understand that.  I was lucky in that area, my mom is a cardic nurse at our local hosp. and was able to get my results as soon as they were entered into the system. 

It may be a good idea for you and your husband to look at different options (while you can) for perhaps maybe the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) with your work if you feel your not ready to go back quite yet.  Or perhaps, other options that are out there.  I dont know what kind of work that you do.  You do need to protect what you have made and because of a disability like this there shouldnt be any reason that it should make you lose what you have earned though your lives if you plan smart.

I just want to say for a sec here and I know at this point it isnt going to mean much but...for me my quality of life has changed so very much since I became sick.  I cant no where come close to doing things I used to do or what I liked to do.  However, quality of life is always what we make it and it changes.  At being almost 34 and not being able to make my  body do what I would like it to sometimes and yeah, it is fustrating at times, I have to say that I have actually made a pretty good quality of life right now.  I have great friends, family, take care of myself the best I can and am as independant as I can be.

You will get there dear, hang in there and keep letting me know how your doing and how those result come out.  Hugs to you ~ Elisha


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Mater
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   Posted 8/13/2007 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sixy did you find out the results from your 24 hours heart monitor?  I had a catheter ablation done in May of this year.  My heart rate would get up to 250-280 bpm and I always ended up in the ER to get them under control.  It took them 5 hours to do the ablation procedure.  I too had my heart beat up to 130-150 just by walking around and basically doing nothing afterward.  I don't know if this is just part of the healing process.  I did feel my heart skip beats allot after I had it done but it is getting better.  My Dr. told me too that this is normal and it would take up to 3 months for it to heal completly.  My Dr. has put me back on 25mg of Topol to keep my heart from beating up to 150 and it helps, I can tell it if  I forget to take it.  I can still feel my heart getting that feeling that it would get just before I would go into a full SVT attack but I feel it and thats it.  Putting up with these problems I have now are nothing compared to having the SVT's before and having to get to the ER to get them under control.  That was ruining my life and my family's life.  I hope you are able to get on with your life and are feeling better.
Mater

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   Posted 11/14/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Real quick, has anyone here had an unsuccessful ablation due to the location of the extra electrical pathway, that is my husband's case and we don't know where to go from here! I would appreciate any personal accounts/input if there are any people like us out there!
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