Fast Extra Heartbeat SVT and AF.... EPS Ablation HELP!!!

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   Posted 12/9/2010 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
im 30 years old and since i was about 18 i have suffered with a fast heartbeat problem..... when i was 20-21 (very fit and healthy) it would occasionally occur during excersise (about once every 8 weeks)... it happens when i say go in for a tackle or bend down and hold my breath. i go to inhale again and it starts like palpitations and then into a fast double rhythum.. not panicking i would try methods like blow on my thumb/strain sit scrunched up and it would sort of kick back into its normal rhythum.

no pain, no shortness of breath (only at the initial first inhale).. just the above.

at 21 i visited the GP and cardioligist.... ECG'S, x-Rays, Echo Grams and 24hours tapes but nothing found.
i have slightly raised systolic but 125 - 140 but im not sure this makes any difference and resting pulse is 50-60.

anyway ten years later they still continue.... more often cos i get stressed and it aggravates it. in-particular this april it happened and straight away it was different, it was an irregular beat and i couldnt get it to stop with previous methods so i went to A&E (i went into AF) 4 hours later it went back to normal...VERY SCARY. prescribed Fleccanide 100mg daily

more ECG'S and X-Rays ... nothing.... so cardio said an EPS/Ablation will be the next thing.. i went (very nervous) fast HB as soon i got there cos i was papping myself didnt help! but valium did. anyway they did an EPS (not really that bad of a procedure) they managed to trigger the condition but they were unsure how they did it. 1 hour later and my heartbeat going everywhere they stopped the procedure and said they couldnt do or find anything?? and said carry on taking my meds (Fleccanide) and we'll talk in a couple of weeks..

so im a little disapointed they could ablate the problem...

has anybody out there experienced anything like this if so i would appreciate some comments and experiences/guidance.


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   Posted 12/12/2010 11:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and I am glad you found us.  The goals of treatment for atrial fibrillation include restoring the heart to normal rhythm, slowing the heart rate, and preventing blood clots. Most people who have atrial fibrillation need more than one type of treatment. Treatment options may include nonsurgical procedures, medications, medical devices such as pacemakers, or surgical procedures. Follow-up care for  is another essential component of your treatment plan.
If medications don't work, or you have side effects, AV node ablation may be another option. The procedure involves applying radio frequency energy to the pathway connecting the upper and lower chambers of your heart (AV node) through a long, thin tube (catheter) to destroy this small area of tissue.

You may need to make lifestyle changes that improve the overall health of your heart, especially to prevent or treat conditions such as high blood pressure. Your doctor may suggest that you:

  • Eat heart-healthy foods
  • Reduce your salt intake, which can help lower blood pressure
  • Increase your physical activity
  • Quit smoking

Avoid drinking more than two drinks alchhol per day. Also try to avoid a lot of caffeine drinks.

Rmeber that OTC medications can be dangerous for Atrial Fib. Some, such as cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, contain stimulants that can trigger atrial fibrillation. Also, some OTC medications can have dangerous interactions with anti-arrhythmic medications.

I am sure your cardiologist explained much of this to you.

Take care and let us hear from you.  We also have a great Anxiety Forum.




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