After Heart Ablation - Any information about Sinus Tachycardia?

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troubletrusting
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   Posted 4/1/2014 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Question: Has anyone found information about Sinus tachycardia after an ablation? If so, any information on duration? I think the ablation (scaring of my heart) has now created this new tachycardia.
I am a 48 year old female that was diagnosed first with VT in 09/13 - an ablation was attempted but without success (my heart would not respond to the medications). At that time I was taking Lisinopril (HBP medication). After researching drug, in rare cases 0.01% this medication can cause VT. I discontinued medication. After a few weeks my heart become troublesome again. After wearing the heart monitor for the second time I was diagnosed with A fib - an ablation was done 12/12/13. As many of you have stated, I was un-informed about what was to come. I am unable to take blood pressure meds or heart medication - both cause me to become depressed, very anxious and very angry - a personality change and not for the better. As I was able to come off medication I improved. For 2 weeks after all medication weaned off I felt like I was getting better. Then 02/26/14 began feeling worse. Attaches of varied rapid heart beats (normal 80 to 154 yoyo), feeling nausea, upset stomach, leg cramps, lightheaded, shakes afterwards, etc. Requested heart monitor again (third time). Now new diagnoses - Sinus Tachycardia. I feel worse now with episodes lasting from a few seconds to 1 hour 40 minutes. Attaches are unpredictable and I never know when it will stop. Having up to 3 in one day. After the attaches my heart hurts like it is being squeezed. I also have throat sensation with each heart beats afterwards and in some cases all day. This is like an eye twitching but it is your heart beating. I greatly appreciate anyone who has been there -

I no longer trust my doctor. He knew I was unable to tolerate medications - after an ablation medication are part of the package - blood thinners, beta blockers. Now I am riding out each episode trying to keep calm and not get mad. I am not afraid of dying - for my doctor has assured me "my heart is structurally sound" - "Just keep going". I don't like being taken hostage by my heart.

JungRulz
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   Posted 4/2/2014 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Sinus tachycardia after an ablation? Info on duration?

48 year old female diagnosed first with VT in 09/13 - ablation was attempted but without success (my heart would not respond to medications). At that time I was taking Lisinopril (HBP medication). After researching drug, in rare cases 0.01% this medication can cause VT. I discontinued medication.

Here is where I loose you a little. Dx with Ventricular Tachycardia 09/13. Did you start taking Lisinopril before or after the ablation? So had an ablation for VT but it was not successful, did you correlate the Lisinopril to your VT and stopped taking meds? What happened to the VT?

After wearing the heart monitor for the second time diagnosed with A fib - an ablation was done 12/13.

Unable to take blood pressure meds or heart medication - [causes depression and agitation] As I was able to come off medication I improved. For 2 weeks after all medication weaned off I felt like I was getting better. Then began feeling worse.

Attacks of varied rapid heart beats (normal 80 to 154 yoyo), nausea, upset stomach, leg cramps, lightheaded, shakes afterwards, etc. Requested heart monitor again (third time).

New diagnoses - Sinus Tachycardia. I feel worse now with episodes lasting from a few seconds to 1 hour 40 minutes. Attacks are unpredictable and I never know when it will stop. Having up to 3 in one day. After the attacks my heart hurts like it is being squeezed. I also have throat sensation with each heart beats afterwards and in some cases all day. This is like an eye twitching but it is your heart beating.

There are Sinus and Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardias, and a host of others that are known as SupraVentricular Tachycardias. Please see the following link to an INFORMAL discussion on the issue. Always consult with a doctor for concerns you may have. Even doctors that contribute to some of the forums would not be able to diagnose you without detailed test results and examinations.

www.medhelp.org/posts/Heart-Rhythm/What-is-the-difference-between-inappropriate-sinus-tachycardia-and-supraventricular-tachycardia/show/1409830

troubletrusting
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   Posted 4/2/2014 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your help JungRulz.
Did you start taking Lisinopril before or after the ablation? Before. Approximately 3 months before being diagnosed and 5 months before VT ablation attempted. Per my doctor, the first time wearing heart monitor I had episodes where my heart was racing “in parts” on the reading up to 386 bpm. Not that for one minute my heart had beat 386 but for a few seconds my heart rate increased to that level. I don't know how to explain any different. Once while being monitored the monitoring company called to check on me.
During the VT Ablation my heart needed to respond to the medications and go into VT so they would know where to ablate. No Lisinopril was taken day of surgery. My doctor tried everything but was not able to create the VT.
I did correlate the Lisinopril with VT? The only conclusion I could make was the Lisinopril was the VT cause. I am extremely sensitive to medications. I have always fallen in the rare zone with medications.
What happened to the VT? I never repeated VT while wearing the heart monitor the 2nd time (only A-Fib) and so far, not now as I am currently wearing the monitor the 3rd time (Sinus Tachycardia, so far).
The differences between wearing the heart monitor are not taking Lisinopril and the ablation in 12/13. During my ablation in December while they were ablating the Left side of my heart - the right side went into Tachycardia. They attempted to find source. As soon as they got into my right side it stopped. - Per the doctor's notes “possible High crista or SVC source”. Not that I can understand what that means.
Thank you for the information about Tachycardias. I will continue to research. I had found that sinus tachycardia can be due to scarring – that was the reason for my question. Again, thank you.

JungRulz
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   Posted 4/2/2014 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the response.

Initially I thought you meant that medication was attempted to control the VT, but now I understand it was not able to induce VT during the ablation procedure.

"The crista terminalis is generally a smooth-surfaced, thick portion of heart muscle in a crescent shape at the opening into the right auricle."

There seems to be a High and Low Crista Terminalis. SVC seems to be the abbreviation for Superior Vena Cava.

The relationship between the two (locations, anatomy wise) can be seen in the following image:

med2yeditepeanatomylab.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/big-heart-model-anterior-view.jpg

There is no doubt that the elimination of one arrhythmia by ablation can result in other arrhythmias, but as has been emphasized on this forum, people who's arrhythmias have been corrected by ablation are unlikely to show up on the forum discussing their success, leaving the forum readers with the impression that many ablation procedures result in limited or mixed results. I'm sure the procedures are highly effective in the majority of people, unfortunately not everyone has that success.

baseball fan
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   Posted 4/2/2014 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I had an ablation for afib back in July 2013, its been 9 months and I have not gone into afib, but I have thousands of PVCs a day now that I did not have before the ablation. Doc says not to worry about them as long as im not going into afib. These PVCs will happen ever 2-3 beats and last for hours even days sometimes, thats up to 39,000 PVCs a day and doc says not to worry!!! it makes me very anxious at times, but better than afib!!

troubletrusting
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   Posted 4/3/2014 5:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Baseball Fan,
I can not begin to imagine your frustration or how upsetting this must be for you. I become upset when my heart takes me hostage for a few hours. I have learned to ignore the bleeps of a few seconds to a few minutes of rapid heart beats - but I feel sure what you are experiencing is different. I know when I found this site I began to see I was not alone. My story was not the exact of any one person but a blend of many. Here when someone is upset - the people who read can relate. We are all on similar paths. So with great respect I hope these words encourage you. You are not alone. I hear you. As I research and if find out anything that could help you I will forward what I find for your review. When a person's heart is not beating correctly - I believe, better still I KNOW, anyone would be hard pressed to not become anxious or frustrated. After all it is the heart. I pray that this day is better for you.

JungRulz
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   Posted 4/3/2014 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
These things can be quite common without being of significance. It's important to see a doctor if you get them for the first time, to see a doctor periodically if you normally get them, and to see a doctor if you normally get them and the symptoms change.

I worked with a man, now retired, that had a heart arrhythmia develop due to a virus (or so he says). He was hospitalized, they cardioverted his rhythm via medication, and he eventually returned to work. He and I were talking one day about his plight, and out of curiosity I asked if I could take his pulse. OMG, there was no rhythm per se. Fast, slow, and ectopic laced. Even my few thousand PVCs per day have longish periods of normal rhythm. Not so with him.

But he was cleared by his cardiologist to return to work and cleared by the plant doctor. He was able to get around with no problems, and he is still alive, and this happened 8 or so years ago. Evidently perfect rhythm, despite how much we would like it, is not an absolute necessity.

baseball fan
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   Posted 4/3/2014 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
your right there, these palpitations will be the norm for me, we have to get used to them and know we are monitored by our doctors and tht we are OK.. just get the anxiety beat and well al be good!!! good luck to everyone!! we can all beat it!
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