catheter ablation for A-Fib

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Little D
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   Posted 3/29/2014 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Folks...I hope you can help guide me. I am 54 years old and have had AFIB for 10 years. I take 150 mg of rythmol in the a.m. 225 mg in the afternoon and 150 mg at night. I swim, bike and run excessively. I run marathons and have completed an Ironman Triathlon last November. In the last year my AFIB has gotten worse...to the point that the rythmol is not reliably effective. The Doc's in Boston suggest a medicine called Tikosyn or catheter ablation. I was thinking ablation, but had started reading about a lot of slow to no recoveries, feeling fatigued...ugh. I also work on my feet and depend on being in good shape to earn a living. Is anyone on Tikosyn? Am I being unrealistic to think I can return to marathons and triathlons and compete? The Doc's say I would need to be on coumadin for 30 days if I had the ablation...Is that realistic? I don't want to be on it for the rest of my life. If I go the route of correcting it with Tikosyn...They say I will need to days in the hospital just to get started...

Any comments will be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

baseball fan
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   Posted 3/31/2014 9:32 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...

baseball fan
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   Posted 3/31/2014 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
sorry, hit the button twice.... LOL, by the way, I am not on blood thinners any more, since the ablation..

Little D
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   Posted 4/4/2014 7:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Are you on blood thinners or any other arythmia meds? How old are you? How high do you get your heart rate up while running? What are PVC's

Again, any information is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Dan

baseball fan
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   Posted 4/14/2014 12:21 PM (GMT -6)   
just seen these posts, I am 37 year old male, my heart rate hits 130-150 while jogging adn might have alot of PVCs while jogging. ( Premature Ventricular Contractions), but doc says don't worry about them and try to ignore them, this was after all the tests to rule out all the bad stuff. No more a-fib since the ablation.. sorry for the delay,I have jumped around alot of posts and lost track of everyone I have commented on.. Alot of good info and support here, so many people with our problems who are going throught the same thing.. I have aneurysms at the root of my aorta and a hole in my heart also, those are what scares me, not my palpitations.. 

baseball fan
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   Posted 4/14/2014 12:24 PM (GMT -6)   
there are so many topics and people on here with the problems I have you get lost in the posts... LOL, it has been good for anxiety to see and post your fears and anxiety
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