9 Months Post Ablation

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motozona
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   Posted 8/16/2015 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Before the Ablation I was diagnosed with a Stenoic Bi cuspid aortic valve. Still able to run 5 miles in 45 min. Had 3 episodes of a-fib that settled on their own. My Cardiologist said they have this wonderful procedure called ablation where the target bad signals and zap them. Told me if I was his brother he would recommend it because a-fib only gets worse.
Well it was the worst decision I ever made. I have never felt so bad in my life as I did for the 5 months after and today 8 months post op I have skipped beats that stop me in my tracks. I have not had many good days but when I do its like a miracle to feel normal again. My activities are forced but I get moving regardless.. the burning of the Vegus nerve is not a good thing but the surgeon stated its necessary for a successful ablation. I wonder if my cardiologist got a kick back from the $180,000 bill they charged for the procedure? My advice to those who have manageable a-fib is to not do this. It is not an exact science, in fact that " targeted " zap is not targeted at all. They ( in my case) burned every upper pulmonary vein circumferentially and in my mind literally cooked it to death. That's how I feel

beloved1
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   Posted 8/31/2015 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
hello. I first want to say that I am so sorry for what you have gone through. reading your post brings up concern for me. I recently just had my first heart ablation due to "supposedly" SVT diagnosis. I have suffered with heart palpitations, fainting, chest pain, and stopping of the heart for two years. I am healthy, previously active (I can't anymore because of my heart), and young. (22) I am not a smoker, drinker, or a drug user. I have seen over 15 doctors in the past two years, and all of them told me it was anxiety and they treated me so wrongly. I recently moved to Oregon in hopes of finding a better cardiologist. I was referred to one who studies the electrical part of the heart. He ran an echocardiogram and the results were normal. All the EKG's came back as sinus tachycardia with BP of 170's or higher (during the "attack") and then all of a sudden go back to the 120's. My heart rate is a steady 140 at resting periods. During an attack, my heart skyrockets to anywhere from 180-220bpm and can last from minutes to hours at a time. This cardiologist scheduled me for a radiofrequency heart ablation procedure with guaranteed success and no need for future ablation.
I was awake the entire procedure-like you, it was traumatic for me and I remember everything! The catheter went clear to my collar bone and the doctor played stupid! While I was screaming, and pointing to my collar bone, all he could do was say "oops. sorry" Serious! When he tried going through the second lower quadrant of my heart, he said it was blocked. (which is weird because my echo came back normal!) Ever since the procedure, my heart rate has been racing to where I feel like I am going to die. I felt like I was going to have a seizure earlier today b/c of how fast my heart was racing. I thought it was just because of my procedure and my body healing. But after reading what you have gone through-now I'm not too sure and confident for that matter. What do I do? Should I be worried? Thanks

motozona
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   Posted 9/1/2015 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Beloved 1 , I was not awake during my ablation. As for you at some point you are going to have to trust a doctor or do nothing. I personally wish I had done nothing. The A-fib I had before was an annoyance and not very often ( maybe 1-2 a year) and now I have something wrong. Having the vegus nerve burned like it was is not without consequence. This morning my cardiologist gave told me my aortic valve has not gotten any worse and I suspect a pulmonary vein may have been damaged which there is no cure. So best of luck to you dear and keep the faith.. its all a journey and we have to count our blessings no matter what. Mark

beloved1
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   Posted 9/2/2015 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
@motozona Sorry, I misread your post about you being awake. I recently replied to another post prior to commenting to yours. Sorry about that. But I am starting to wish I had done nothing. My cardiologist told me that it was a safe procedure and that it was the only cure for SVT and A-Fib. So I trusted him. But now, I am not too sure about what to even do anymore. This is all so scary and quite annoying. Thank you for the advice, and I hope that your veins get better. Keep the faith as well and take care. Thanks again
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