Do I need Ablation???

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butter
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   Posted 3/15/2017 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 65 and have had heart valve replaced with cow valve for angina. I fair bad after this surgery. I then had Afib causing shortness of breath, dizziness, fatigue or after eating a meal and can only walk short distance. I have to go to bed at noon for rest to be able to go on the rest of the day or after a meal. I just had three times shocking my heart back in rhythm that didn't help, pulse normal is 121 pulse rate or more. Now thinking to have ablation to my heart, I feel it won't help won't fair good after this surgery. I'm over weight not very bad,unable to exercise or walk any distance. What do you advise ???

SharonZ
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   Posted 3/15/2017 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you had an appointment with an electrophysiologist? I think this is a question that you need to make with your doctors. I had ablation at 55, with no issues.

straydog
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   Posted 3/15/2017 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Butter & welcome to Healing Well. My biggest question is, what is your cardiologist recommending? If so, is there a reason that you don't have much faith in him/her?

My husband has a long standing history of AFib. They tried shocking his heart too, to see if it would put it back in rhythm. It did not work, however, we knew going into this that it probably would not work, Afib has been around too long. It was worth trying.

Did your Afib start after your heart surgery? A friend of mine's son recently had his aortic valve replaced with a cow valve & he immediately went into Afib. The drs gave him meds & before he was released the meds took care of it. This is common right after surgery.

Obviously, you need something done because this is affecting your overall health & quality of life. As Sharon mentioned it is not near as invasive as your open heart surgery.

Take care.
Susie
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butter
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   Posted 3/15/2017 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply. I do have appointment in April with heart doctor. Yes ! After replacing Aortic valve with cow valve started having A-feb. After the shocking my heart three times and different medications taken and was advise to have ablation. Informed me that young people have know problem but they are doing better with older people now. In my research I find that older people who have flutter, and out of rhythm have, pressure in chest, pain, and soreness with longer recovery. However young people same to be able to have fast recovery and no problems, but not so with older people. My two step daughter had this done when young with know problem. My most concern is that I had a very bad recovery after my heart valve was replaced and fear what I have found on my research. But, I hope during my appointment my doctor will relieve me of much of this fear after asking questions.

SharonZ
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   Posted 3/16/2017 6:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Butter:

I can understand your concern about having the ablation, considering your difficulty with valve replacement. I had my ablation as an out-patient in the morning, went home that afternoon, felt fine. I had no pain or issues, post-surgery. I had the procedure done on a Friday, and returned to work on Monday. Please be careful when researching information regarding your condition on the internet, it's always better to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Sharon

straydog
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   Posted 3/16/2017 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Butter, I am in total agreement with SharonZ. Not all information is accurate on the internet & so many different symptoms mimic other conditions. about all that will do is drive your stress level up to the max. If you are reading horror stories about the procedure, please keep in mind you cannot rely on what people post. Like SharonZ, my brother had the same procedure many years after open heart surgery. By far that was the easiest procedure he has ever had done with the heart. There is really no comparison to open heart surgery & the ablation procedure.

Take care.
Susie
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