Looking at 4th ablation

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   Posted 4/11/2013 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 59 year old female.  I have had SVT for 12 years now but didn't know what it was until my husband ended up in the ER with the same thing.  He lived with it for 2 years and then had a successful ablation.  I had my first ablation a month after.  It went well for 9 months and then returned with a vengeance.  I had my second ablation in late January.  Within 3 days it got so bad that I ended up having a 3rd ablation a week later.  He couldn't get me to fib but did many burns and I even had a heart block for 30 seconds. Within 2 days it was back.  He tried me on Fleconide but because of my bad asthma I didn't do well on a beta blocker.  He didn't feel comfortable doing a 4th ablation on me so he sent me to a new doc at Loyola.  I went for a consultation with him and he upped my diltiazem even though he knew my history of cluster headaches with a high dose.  He told me to call him in 2 weeks.  I called and told him I would have the 4th ablation as I can't live with these terribly deep headaches.  I'm scheduled for the ablation for early May.  I dread it so much and am sick at heart (literally) about it all.  Is it true that
when they can't get you to fib that the ablation is basically worthless?  How many do I have to endure before it's enough?  Is a pacemaker a better option even though I know that has it's problems also?  I can't sleep, am not hungry, very anxious, but still trying to go on with life.  What do I do?

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   Posted 4/12/2013 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and please know you have come to the right place for support and sharing.  I have not had personal experience with ablations but I do hope one of our members who has experience will be along to help you out with your questions.
I can only imagine the stress this is causing you. 
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   Posted 4/24/2013 5:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi my name is Janet I had my Ablation December 2009 I stayed in sinus rhythm until this last Thursday
I was so disappointed when in flipped back in AFib I felt like crying.
The Tuesday before I had a nuclear stress test plus I was going through a lot of stress in my life plus coughing a lot( and that's put me in AFib in the past)I went back to my heart Dr today he said my stress test was great. But I won't do another ablation 51/2 hour ablation and
Still my new Dr says I will always be a risk of AFib.

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   Posted 5/8/2013 7:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I am so sorry you are not having success. My 19 year old daughter is scheduled to have her 3rd ablation in July. Her first was successful for several months... then the problem came back. The second ablation was not as good... her EP saw evidence of the pathway trying to reconnect the very next day. :( Within a couple of months of the 2nd procedure she was feeling faint again. This time our EP decided to refer us to the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio (we live in Tennessee). While I DO NOT have formal medical training, I was surprised they burned tissue without being able to induce the problem. According to our EP and my reading, that would not be the wisest thing. But, again, I am not an expert. I do hope you get seen at another facility and that the 4th time will be the charm! :-)
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