catheter ablation for A-Fib

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calheart
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   Posted 5/8/2012 1:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I've read the other postings relating to problems experienced after having catheter ablations and it seems the problems are many and varied.  I just had an ablation done 2 weeks ago in San Diego for an A-fib problem and the surgeon said that all went well and I should be back exercising mildly after 2 weeks.  In reality I'm not even close to being able to exercise after 2 weeks as I've been experiencing low blood pressure, weakness and an inability to even walk 100 ft without having to stop.  I'm thinking it might be a side effect of the coumadin but everyone tells me that coumadin doesn't produce these kinds of side effects.  Reading everyone elses problems which seems to be similar (or worse) in nature I'm now thinking that my symptoms are fairly normal.  My question to my fellow ablation patients is "how long does it take before you feel like you're back to normal and can say that your A-Fib has been cured?   My surgeon told me that the success rate is 85-90% for A-Fib sufferers.  I appreciate any comments you may have. 
 
I also have a non-stop cough when I stand up or walk (it goes away completely when I'm lying down) which started after the ablation.  Very strange. 

stkitt
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   Posted 5/10/2012 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
calheart,
 
Welcome to HealingWell !  I am sorry you are having problems and I wish I could help you with the questions however I have never had this procedure.  I do hope one of our members responds to you soon.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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Moke1951
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   Posted 5/20/2012 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a male, 61, in relatively good health, although I've got medically controllable high blood pressure.  Having been recently diagnosed with AFib my doctor recommended having an ablation.  I agreed and had the procedure on 5-17-12.  It appears that I was as uninformed about what to expect after the procedure as so many other people whose comments I've read.
Having spent the night in the hospital, as so many ablation patients do, I found myself awake at 6AM.  And 45 minutes later, while still lying in bed, I felt myself go into AFib.  I was so disappointed and depressed when it appeared obvious to me that the ablation had failed.  A nurse came into the room and asked if I had gotten out of bed because her monitors indicated my heart rate had increased.  I told her I was in AFib.  Did she tell me this is not at all uncommon?  No.  I'm in my community's newest heart hospital and my nurse seems as mystified as me as to why my AFib has returned.  Later that day another doctor from my doctor's medical group came into my room and said they'd like me to stay one more night so they can continue to monitor my heart activity.  I agreed to stay and concluded that things must not have gone good.  Did the new doctor mention AFib after ablation was not at all uncommon?  No.  Early in the afternoon the AFib stopped and my spirits slowly climbed through the day.  Perhaps the AFib earlier was a fluke or aberation.  I went to sleep around 11PM.  At 4AM I awoke and found myself again in full AFib.  And, like the previous morning, it was as strong as any AFib I had ever felt.
When I finally spoke with my doctor before I was discharged later that day he told me that AFib for several months wasn't uncommon.  But I wasn't sure how much confidence I could take from that info or was he just trying to prop up my spirits.  But, the info I've received from other ablation patients on this site has done an enormous job in easing my sense of disappointment or failure.  My experiences have been identical to so many other patients.  And it seems to be universal that doctors do a poor job in informing ablation patients of what to expect after the procedure.  The feeling of fatigue alone is so obvious I'm amazed the doctor didn't warn me what I'd feel, like so many other patients have said.  And its not the kind of fatigue from which you can recuperate from by resting.  While resting you still feel the fatigue. You're heart is simply going to have to heal before you can feel better.  At least, that's what I'm telling myself one week into this.  This might also have been something good to know.
My AFib is daily now, as opposed to once a week BEFORE the ablation.  And, like so many others have said, its more intense.  I would have seen a doctor much earlier if the AFib felt like it does now.
When I awoke in Recovery I quickly noticed that my ring and pinky fingers were quite numb and my hands and arms felt as though I had hit both of my "funny bones".  The feeling was quite intense and unpleasant.  As I opened and closed my hands anticipating a quick recovery I mentioned to the nurse that my fingers and hands were numb and she said a lot of patients say that.  And she could offer no explanation.  I asked the doctor and he told me my arms were held closely and tightly to my sides while I was under anesthesia.  The numbness took 3 days to leave and spot on the inside of your elbows where you're "funny bone" is was sore on both arms.  My doctor's theory of how this happened seems feasible.  I'm just surprised he hadn't heard of this before.  The nurse certainly had.
My gratitude to everyone who has shared their experiences.  Its been extremely informative and valuable.

Moke1951
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   Posted 5/27/2012 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Its now been 10 days since my ablation procedure and I've noticed some interesting changes in my AFib.  The length of duration of events has reduced dramatically, from several hours to less than a minute.   I may have 7-10 AFib events in a day but they are very short duration and the intensity of the beats has significantly reduced.  It feels as though my heart corrects irregular heartbeats within moments of when the irregularity begins.  It gives me encouragement that the procedure was a success, although I realize it takes months to make such a determination.
The fatigue is still present but its evolved a bit.  I don't feel constantly fatigued but I can become fatigued with very little activity.  At the end of grocery shopping I feel like I've used up all my energy.  I recover well, but I'm surprised small amounts of physical activity can be so taxing.

stkitt
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   Posted 5/29/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Hello and welcome to HW.
 
It does sound like you are doing much better after you ablation and your progressing nicely.  With time I hope your energy level continues to improve and that you feel better overall.  I am sure it feels good to have the procedure behind you and congratulations for being our own best advocate.
 
I hope you keep on sharing with us how you are doing and that you know we are here to support you in any way we can.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 

 
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2fast
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   Posted 6/12/2012 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an ablation for atrial fibrillation May 17. It went well and I was released the next day. My doctor stated something similar to yours on 85% success rate but remarked other areas had more failure sometimes. He said it would take 30 to 90 days for the heart to heal so we could determine the outcome. I came home, took a 4 hour nap and woke in A Fib. My heart was jumping all over in and out of rhythm so I ended up in the ER and an overnight hospital stay. Things went fine till June 6th when I went A Fib again. I tried to control it with Atenolol, deep breathing and imagery. I actually got out of A Fib and got my heart back in rhythm. It took hours. When I got my doctor he insisted I go to the ER and get checked for heart attack. Spent another over nighter there. Anyway, the whole thing is scary. It's also financially devastating. I don't know if my heart will heal and I will stop going A Fib or it will keep happening. I am trying to keep my heart rate as low as possible and have seen some rates in the low 40's. I seem to handle them well but anything in the 30's would scare me to death. I don't like the tight rope I am walking but it's what I have to do.I don't know what triggers the A Fib. I hear Tea, Chocolate, too much stress or physical output will trigger it. I am just waiting it out.

stockpeeker
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   Posted 9/1/2013 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
7 weeks post Catheter Ablation for AFIB, and I just had a nice 2 mile walk with no ill results.

During the first month I had been worrying about the occasional blip/bump/kathump coming from my heart. I was trying to figure out if they were PVCs or PACs, but wasn't able to tell with certainty. Particularly when I exercised, I would get some irregular beats, that seemed to be called Bigeminy (pulse had a pair of beats followed by a missed beat; seems like there was one strong beat followed by one not so strong).

However, after 7 weeks, I'm happy to say I feel much better and the odd beats are much fewer and farther between. I had tried to reduce my Sotalol intake a few weeks back due to low BP and low heart rate, but that seemed to result in more PVCs or PACs, whichever they were. After the doctor chided me back into the higher dose, the irregular beats lessened, and eventually the BP and heart rate came up a bit. I'm keeping the fingers crossed that maybe I can get by on just the one Catheter Ablation.

stkitt
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   Posted 9/1/2013 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
 
Congratulations on your great recovery. Thanks for sharing as the members need to read about good outcomes.
 
Blessings,
Kitt
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SternDavid
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   Posted 1/30/2014 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an ablation in New York two weeks ago on JAn 10 2014. I am 34 years old. I have had SVT AVNRT since 2012. Today, I feel tired. I feel my paplations still there. I am not sure what to do. I am really worry that my ablation is NOT successful. Can someone please help me?

Little D
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   Posted 3/29/2014 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Is there any change to your ablation? any updates? I'm told I need ablation...but I'm not sure I want to do it. Please fill me in.

baseball fan
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   Posted 3/31/2014 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
If you keep having A-Fib episodes, and your doctor suggest an ablation, I would definately have it. A-Fib can cause blood clots. I had an ablation back on July 10, 2013 and I don't have any more A-Fib episodes. I have alot of PVCs, but they are nothing to worry about. My doctors have assured me not to worry about them. I was back to jogging and exercising with light weights, because I have 2 aneurysms too, less than 2 months after the ablation. Just don't let anxiety take over, it makes all arythmias worse. I still deal with anxiety and the PVCs get alot more frequent and have to remind myself I have been checked out, had the ablation to stop the A-Fib and that I'm OK.. The technology we have now adays is awesome and we should take advantage of it...
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