Heart ablation

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   Posted 4/25/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been having tachycardia 180 at times and 1000's of PVC's that are uncomfortable. nono
And finally the heart surgeon says I am ok to have a heart ablation to stop them. They burn the part of the electrical system of the heart that is causing all the problems. He says I will need 2 areas burned. I am excited because I won't have to take anymore heart medications and I won't have anymore chest pain/ER visits. And nervous and scared that it might not work or something horrible happens during the surgery. And I am worried about a Lupus flare during all this. Taking the cardiac meds makes me open to the Lupus attacking my heart the cardiologist said. sad So the ablation is a smart move.  I am praying that it works and I have no complications. I get this done in June. Has anyone else had an Ablation done on the heart? Did it work?
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   Posted 4/25/2007 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I havent ever heard of the procedure but I wish you well.

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   Posted 4/25/2007 5:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Kitty, I certainly understand your mixed emotions about the surgery. One the one hand it should help a lot, but on the other hand, any heart surgery is scary. Waiting until June is probably hard to do.

Hopefully someone here will know something about the proceedure and maybe be able to answer some of your questions. You'll be in my prayers
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   Posted 4/25/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
(((((kitty))))), I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Even though it sounds like a very possitive thing I can't imagine anything being more scarey than someone messing with your heart. Just try not to get to stressed. I know easier said than done. Since stress will bring on a flare and could set you back. But How wonderful that they can help you with this! I don't have any advise I just want you to know I will be praying all goes well and you can get off some of these meds. and maybe start feeling a little better! Please keep talking about it when you get scared. It helps to get it out of your system.

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   Posted 4/25/2007 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitty--
I'm so sorry to hear about your heart problems but glad it sounds like there is something they can do to help you. My son has Wolff-Parkinson-White and epilepsy and he now has an event monitor planted under his skin. WPW is a problem where there is an extra nerve pathway in the heart and they go in and zap it with a laser. Does this sound like what they plan to do for you? In his case they go in with a heart cath that has an electrode on it and they go to the spot and zap it--in the doctors words, making the nerve pathway no longer work. Because it is an extra pathway, my son's heart should then beat normally. The procedure seems really scary, but my son's doc keeps telling us that its very low risk for my son, he is 19, except for epilepsy, pretty healthy and strong. It's scary though anything with the heart. And then waiting to have it done is stressful too, like if they are going to do it, get it over with. My son swears they are Never going to fix his heart. I hope that they can do something in the meantime to keep you comfortable and healthy as possible while you're waiting. I have the anti-cardiolithic antibodies and had some heart damage, some atrophy to one side of my heart, but I was fortunate that it cleared up on its own. So far, plaquenil is keeping me going ok. Is there any chance they think they might be able to get your antibodies under control better and that you might heal on your own or not continue to have damage? I don't understand a whole lot about this stuff. I just hope you feel better and know that best wishes and prayers are with you for comfort and healing.

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   Posted 4/25/2007 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I usually post in the Arthritis forum but ran across your post and thought I would reply...
My grandson was born with WPW. They let his go for 8 1/2 years. Then one day his heart rate jumped into the 300's. Then they decided to do the surgery. He was 8 Years old when he got it. They went through the groin and he was home the next day. And the procedure is exactly what you said. Now he is 10 and has never had a problem since. Hopefully this eases your worries a little.
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