I'm due to have an ablation next week and could do with hearing some success stories!
For most o my childhood i remember if i laughed suddenly or something, BOOM, my heart would be racing i thought it would burst out my chest. (I now know this was atrial fibulation). But as i was a child, i thought nothing of it - i would hold my breath and push my lungs out and it would go. It only happened 1-2 times a year, sometimes not at all.
Then i was about 21, and i started getting these little thuds and flutters, which in turn led to me having lots of panic attacks. One time i went to hospital after having a lot of thuds and bangs, had an ecg, and was told i had just had a panic attack. I went to my GP and was referred to the hospital where i had a 24hr heart monitor and echocardiogram. Nothing happened when i had the monitor on. And that was the last i heard until last year when i was pregnant and my midwife asked what was happening with the Wolff Parkinson White. I didnt know what she was talking about as no-one had thought to tell me. So i spoke to my GP and was told it was fine i didnt need any treatment.
Then 2 days after i gave birth, after days of no sleep, i was up with my new daughter and did a sudden little laugh at something she did and off my heart went. Only no matter how much i tried i couldnt kick it into normal rythm. This went on for hours as it has never made me feel dizzy or ill before, but after a few hours i felt i was going to pass out and i called an ambulence. My heart was hitting as high as 260 beats per minute. I was given IV Flecainide and it soon went back to normal. I'm now on 50mg flecainide x 2 daily and am due for my ablation.
I'm just really scared of the things that could go wrong, even though there is only a small chance of this. I'm also scared it wont work and i will have to have it done again. But to be honest i think it will be worth it as these meds make my 26yr old body feel more like 96. I havent been able to work off my baby fat as i have zero energy - plus im scared of having an episode! I also am very anxious and still get little bumps and thumps. I just want to lead a normal life, with lots of energy and no fear of exercise!