SVT Ablation... 2nd attempt, Scared stupid... Help

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Ciera
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   Posted 7/31/2013 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have SVT and my heart rate jumps up to 280. I have a couple episodes a month and most I end up in the ER. I had an RF ablation 4 years ago and they sent me home the same day. I went into SVT the night I came home from my procedure so needless to say, it was a complete failure. I scheduled a second one.... And I walked out of the OR right before the sedation because I was so scared. I have my ablation scheduled on August 27th.... I'm a paralyzed with fear. I have lived with SVT for 15 years and I can't live like this anymore.... But I'm afraid ill get there and get so scared ill leave again.. The first one failed what If is one fails too? I've developed severe anxiety ever since my first ablation... I don't know anyone else that has it and I feel completely alone. Time is running out. Please talk to me.....

stkitt
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   Posted 8/3/2013 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Hello my new friend and please know I understand your fear 100%. 
Do you have any medication to help you with the anxiety?  Perhaps your Dr. could give you something to take for a couple of days before the procedure as well as the morning of the procedure to help you tolerate the anxiety.  Once your  ablation  is done, hopefully the anxiety will cease to be so devastating.
 
Paralyzed with fear is a phrase I know well.  I do have medication for anxiety however I also have depression so I get stuck in anticipatory anxiety when facing procedures etc.
 
Let me see if I can help a bit more.  Anticipatory Anxiety is the anxiety that we experience in anticipation of exposure to our frightening triggers.
 
First, anticipatory anxiety is not a true predictor of how much anxiety we will feel in the actual situation.  Although it is impossible to predict with total accuracy, the fact is that 95% of the time, anticipatory anxiety is much greater than the anxiety we experience when we actually make contact with what frightens us.
 
Anticipatory anxiety generally becomes more pervasive as we get closer to the feared activity, as we find it harder to just “put off” thinking about it.  The anxiety we feel often makes us waiver in our determination to pursue the activity.  So, for example, the closer you get to the date of your procedure and remembering how you walked out of the OR with your last attempt your anxiety will climb the closer you get to the date.
 
The best way to overcome anticipatory anxiety is to understand that this anxiety bluffs you into believing that you won’t be able to handle your fear in the upcoming situation. Once you gain confidence that you can handle the anxiety that arises there, you will be able to treat anticipatory anxiety for what it is--real anxiety that has it’s own life, but has nothing to do with the fears you are anticipating. 
 
A couple of things I do:
 
First of all I practice positive affirmations which is a  great tool to reprogram your unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive.
Probably the best way to harness positive affirmations is to repeat your statements out loud over and over and especially when you start to anticipate the worse case scenario.
A few of mine:
 
"I am drawing on my inner strength"
 
"I have done this before, I can do it again"

"I lay aside the battles within my own mind, and grant myself peace."
 
We have a great anxiety forum so do consider posting your concerns in that forum. also.  You will find me there too.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
~~Kitt~~
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   Posted 8/4/2013 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have just been diagnosed with SVT after a lot of years of now knowing what was going on. My heart rate was also at 285, when I went to the ER. I was given Adenosine in the ambulance. My cardiologist told me I can continue to take beta-blockers, which seem to be working, as I have not had an "episode" in the month that I have been taking them, or I can have the ablation procedure done. I think I'll go for the ablation, as I really don't like living in fear that I'll have another episode.

I don't think you should worry about the procedure. I was told that in the less than 5% of people who still have SVT after the ablation, nearly 100% of them are cured the second time. I guess that some people have more than one of the abnormal circuits.

Good luck. I would talk to your cardiologist, and I'll bet they can get you something to calm your nerves before the procedure.
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