Lily, I am not a doctor,…. and while I respect what doctors are trying to do....4 ablations??? ...bet you are starting to be concerned ...right?
Reason for my concern:
My oldest daughter (18 years, very thin, “Normal” Range "Blood Sugar" 70's..) had "spells" of very high heart rates 150-220/minute for 10 seconds to 2 minutes. At first we thought they were seizures. It was sort of obvious, but by the time we got to the Dr. they were gone..."PSVT" was finally diagnosed after we went several time and waited for a repeat event. We were all scared....read everything I could get my hands on (typical for a child walefare threatening issues)...cardiologists suggested ablation...found a PSVT message board site....very scary stuff!!. Finally she had an ablation and some slight minor complications...and later catheterization issues (!! Now my highest level reservation!!). They mapped and ablated a single site. But post ablation, it was apparent that this also seemed to now have different, equally distressing side effects...new patterns of trauma....we were pitched on a second ablations, but now were much more skeptical....and my daughter said she was beginning to feel more like an experimental guinea pig than patient.
I went to a local Medical school and approached several friends I had worked with years ago about this. I got many points of view and I managed to speak with a couple of teaching Cardiologists, picked the one that seemed the least defensive and made a second opinion appointment. I told him up front that I would NEVER use him as an active Cardiologist and I only wanted his Personal Professional opinion of the current status and that I needed several alternate approaches to "fix" or help stabilize this. He seemed a little surprised. I offered to sign a waiver to hold him free from any liability from this consultation, to try to insure his openness.
I was very surprised at the results. My daughter and I both met with him and he let us know things I'm sure I never would have discovered any other way. It also confirmed some of our concerns and diffused other misconceptions. It only cost $250 cash ( I was surprised). We found that younger people frequently grow out of this PSVT cycle (I personally think it was the Barbie Diet Syndrome-anorexia). Also, he suggested a Female Cardiologist that he was familiar with that treated primarily women with similar histories, generally with a very careful non-invasive short term medical treatments, some what considered (by the this lady cardio) as experimental.
We rejected the second ablation and tried this female Cardiologist. After two years we could see he symptoms slowly subside (extra pace maker or not). We convinced her (slowly!!) she didn't need to be Barbie too...whichever worked the PSVT and the post-ablation cardio trauma issues are very rare now (as apposed to several times an hour!! and per day!). We will monitor this situation a suppose as long as we are "still breathing", right?!
I have since been looking for a general population study to see "how many people in the general population have these Cardio-irregularities" and pursuing my own personal quest to find what foods or additives cause these issues commonly!
Good Luck! God Protect!
(…my personal non-medical non-professional opinion is that every time we fool with the extremely!!! complex bio-chemical/physically sensitive Human integrated systems, we fix one thing and screw up the extremely intricate natural balance of a somewhat miraculously sophisticated gift!….no mater how smart we think we are. That is why I left bio-research 30 years ago.)