Does ablation work?

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Candii
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   Posted 4/12/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a chemical stress test and awaiting results. Next is an Ablation to stop my heart flutter and PSVT. Has anyone else had an ablation and did it work? Any complications? Was it uncomfortable? When did you get to go back to work?
Thankyou,
 
Kitty38
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 1992, Restless leg syndrome 1998, SVT tachycardia/Arrythmia '06, SLE '07, Raynauds '07....Plaquenil, Hydrochlorothyazide, Cardizem, NorQD, Naproxen.


stkitt
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   Posted 4/20/2007 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi,

I am Kitt.

In cardiac ablation, a form of energy renders a small section of damaged tissue inactive. This puts an end to arrhythmias that originated at the problematic site.

Ablation is a relatively non-invasive procedure that involves inserting catheters – narrow, flexible wires – into a blood vessel, often through a site in the groin or neck, and winding the wire up into the heart.

Patients rarely report pain, more often describing what they feel as discomfort. Some watch much of the procedure on monitors and occasionally ask questions. After the procedure, a patient remains still for four to six hours to ensure the entry point incision begins to heal properly. Once mobile again, patients may feel stiff and achy from lying still for hours.

I do not know how long you are off work and think tht may be indivualized per each person.

I have known several people that have had the procedure for the same reason as you and they have done well. Bless You.


 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 


Queen1978
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   Posted 5/2/2007 2:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I have just had a second ablation. And my surgeon said he is 95% sure he has got rid of my tachycardia. I am feeling well, and after ablation you can go back to work after a week after you have your ablation. I had my ablation 2 days ago, but they have damaged a nerve and the inner thigh is numb at the moment, but hey I can live with that :D.

Feel free to email me if you have any questions

Take Care xxx
 


AnnieW
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   Posted 5/10/2007 7:49 AM (GMT -7)   

I just had an ablation on Friday and although the Dr. said it would take 30 to 90 days for my "episodes" to stop, I've already noticed a big difference - I've only had a couple in the last few days - I had been having them regularly all day long.  I had two spots ablated and was completely sedated for over 4 hours.  The anesthesia made me really sick and I was throwing up for hours after the procedure and didn't really start feeling better until yesterday.

I was really scared before I had the procedure and afraid that I was going to do something to cause damage to my heart, but now am really happy I had it done.

I'm a stay-at-home mom, so I never talked to my Dr. about returning to work.

Hope this helps!

Annie


lamb
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   Posted 5/14/2007 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
hello.

I am new to this forum and don't exactly know who to post my post to.
I am 38 yrs old and have had palpitations on and off for about ten years. I was told at first that they were all panic attacks but only recently after going to a cardiologist was told I have a non life threatening arrhythmia. It has become worse in the last 18 months and now even the paramedics believe me when they see the pvc's on their portable ekg machine. I went to the heart hospital a week ago Thursday and they said I have sinus arrhythmias as well as pvc's and not to worry. I was on beta blockers for a year but they didn't help. I think I am getting panic attacks after the heart goes wild which make it worse. I also get nausea and end up crying and gagging in the toilet and calling the crisis line and praying and wanting to die.
I was wondering if the ablation procedure would eliminate panic attacks?
Thanks,
lamb

AnnieW
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   Posted 5/15/2007 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   

lamb - I don't know if an ablation would stop your panic attacks.  I think I was lucky in that in February of this year, I starting noticing that my heart wasn't beating right, and in May I had an ablation, so I only had to live with the arrythmia for a short time.  According to my doctor I had an "extra circut" that I probably had my whole life, but only recently started to notice.

I understand that it's really hard not to panic when you feel your heart beating wrong, and it didn't make any sense to me that the Cardiologists seemed so unconcerned about my problem and said it wasn't life threatening.  I was like you, when they happened, I got weak and nauseous and felt sick for hours after.  I finally got to the point before the ablation where I decided that I wasn't going to worry about it anymore, that every test I had showed that the structure of my heart was fine, and I focused on believing that I wasn't going to die.  When I stopped panicking, it was easier to deal with the arrythimia.

After an ablation, you can still have arrythmias for 30 to 90 days while your heart heals, and although I have had some, it is not anywhere near what I had before the ablation, but I still have to remind myself that it's not life threatening.

If you continue to have problems with panic attacks, you should make an appointment with your doctor and talk to him about what you are experiencing, have him explain to you why the arrythimias you are experience are not considered life threatening - sometimes when you understand better what's happening, you can deal with it better.

Hope this helps

Annie


Bunny29
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   Posted 5/22/2007 7:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone,
I have just joined the forum as it is nice to communicate with others who have similar experiences.
I have had SVT for the past 11 years, I tripped over when I was 18 and they started up, most of the years I have only had 1 or 2 episodes which would stop on there own after a little while, but the past 3 times I have needed intervention in the form of adenosine, which seems to work, although unpleasant.
 
Unfortunatley since April this year I have had 2 episodes a week apart which is uncommon for me and I have been suffering with lots of ectopics. This I found really scared me the most and felt close to a nervous break down, so i completely understand and empathise with what Lamb is going through.
 
This is when I started to have panic attacks which leave me completely exhausted, the fatigue results from the stress caused and tires out the adrenal glands. The adrenalin can set off the extra beats and this is the panic attack feeling you get when you have a lot of cortisol and adrenalin coursing through your body, its completely normal to feel this way. You can get tightening of the throat and chest which labours breathing, you may need to empty your bowels, you get hot flushes and muscle tension etc. I try to work with my breathing but find it difficult because all I need is a strange sensation and it throws me. I will be seeing a hypnotherapist soon and hopefully this will help with stress and worry.
 
Has anyone worked with nutrition, my training is in nutrition and it seems apparent that the minerals magnesium and pottasium play a role with the normal functioning of the heart and electrolyte balance.
 
I would really like to hear more about you Annie, please tell me your experience?
 
I am planning to have an ablation soon and I hope that it finally gives me the freedom to live again, for the past 4 weeks I have been so nervous about what has been happening to me that I have stayed in the house most of the time and tried not to over exert myself. Does this sound familiar to anyone?. When I was younger I use to be very active and now I am the complete opposite. Thank you for reading, I look forward to hearing from anyone and everyone:)
 

Post Edited (Bunny29) : 5/22/2007 8:08:10 AM (GMT-6)


AnnieW
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   Posted 5/22/2007 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Bunny -  As I read all the posts on the website, I realize that I'm really lucky!  I started noticing my irregular heartbeat in February, and had an ablation in May, so I only had to live with the problems for a short time - I can't imagine living with it for years, like so many others have.

I live near Dallas, so had a large choice of Cardiologists, and found one associated with a new Heart Hospital that was recently opened a few blocks from my house.  Before the ablation, I was scared to death that I was jumping into this procedure way too soon, but now 2 weeks out, I'm thankful that I had it done.  Every day I feel better and have more energy - I feel like my old self again - I believe that the months that I lived with the irregular heart beat, I forgot what it felt like to be healthy.

I was having "episodes" everyday and now, I haven't had one for 3 or 4 days.  I would say that my experience with the ablation was very successful!

Annie


Bunny29
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   Posted 5/22/2007 7:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Annie, thank you for such a quick reply.
I live in the Uk and have been lucky to track down one of the best electrophysiologists in the country, phew.
So hopefully I will be in safe hands.
what type of arrhythmia did you have ablated?
When you mention episodes, what were they like?
Also what was it like to have the procedure?
I didn't realise that you would still be having episodes after, perhaps some ectopics .
I hope you don't mind my flood of questions:)
I look forward to your reply.

Bunny29

AnnieW
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   Posted 5/22/2007 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Bunny - here's the funny thing, I had a bunch of appointments with a Cardiologist, who then referred me to the Electrophysiologist in the same group and had several appointments with him, and he never told me the name of the arrythmia I had - He just said that he was fairly certian where the probem was coming from and that an ablation would fix it.  I have a follow-up in June, and plan to ask him then - just to know.

The episodes I had were short in duration, but I could have them on and off all day.  The best way for me to explain it was that it felt like a fluttering in my chest, then my heart would start racing.  If I panicked, it got worse.  It would last for just a couple of minutes, but then sometimes I would have one after another.  I was the same as you, I started spending all my time at home, I didn't want to leave the house for fear that I would need to go to the ER.

For me, the actual procedure was easy, it was the recovery that was harder.  I was given general anesthesia.  I remember being wheeled into the EP lab, and several people moving me into positon, then nothing, until they woke me up.  My entire procedure took about 4 1/2 hours and the ablated two spots.  The recovery for me was hard because the anesthesia made me very sick and I threw up for 4 hours afterwards and felt sick for almost a week. 

The Dr. said that I could have episodes for 30 to 90 days after the procedure, but what I had problems with was that the post-procedure episodes felt different than the pre-procedure episodes, so I started panicking again.  Thank goodness my husband is very calm and managed to keep me from completely freaking out.  The other problem I had was that the Dr. said I should feel back to normal in a couple of days, well since it took longer than that for me, I started getting depressed that it didn't work, but after 7 days, I really did start to feel better, and feel really good now.

I had absolutely no pain from where the catheters were inserted - I had one on each side, and now I can't even tell where they were.

I'm happy to answer any questions - before I had the procedure, I was desperate to find information about it, and what it was really like to have it.

Good Luck and let me know if you have any other questions!

Annie


Bunny29
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   Posted 5/22/2007 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
So how are you now, what are the episodes like and how are they different?
Thank you so much for your replies

AnnieW
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   Posted 5/22/2007 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Now, I'm great. I haven't had any kind of irregular heart beat for several days and the length of time between the irregular heart beat keeps increasing. The last one I had felt like my heart skipped a beat, then a big thud when it "started" again. I have also had a few episodes where I could feel my heart beating - basically it felt like it was beating hard and fast. This only lasted few minutes.
Annie

Bunny29
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   Posted 5/22/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I am very happy for you. I am sure with the passage of time that your symptoms will become fewer. If your heart beat was irregular perhaps you 'had' atrial fibrillation or Ventricular fibrillation.
Please keep us posted on how you are doing, even if you are well and truly back to 'normal':)

Bunny29
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   Posted 5/30/2007 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

Has anyone had ablation for SVT, AVNRT??

If so was it sucessful and what was the after effects if any?

 


Candii
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   Posted 6/5/2007 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I haven't posted for awhile. My ablation is next week and I am very nervous. I have great faith in my doc. He says that he is going to ablate one side of the heart for my SVT tachycardia and then make a hole to get to the other side of the heart and ablate for my flutter. The flutter in my heart is off and on all day now and I get some chest pain. It's making me very tired. I can't wait to get the ablation done. I have read everything he gave me about the procedure and I have to spend one night at the hospital. The ablation can take 4-8 hours. This may sound strange but what if you have to go to the bathroom? Or will you not care? He said that I get some sedation but I will be awake to tell him what I am feeling. He didn't say anything about a foley catheter so I am really hoping that I don't have to have one. Did anyone have to have one?
 
Congratulations to everyone that the ablation worked!! 
 
kitty 
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 1992, Restless leg syndrome 1998, SVT tachycardia/Arrythmia '06, SLE '07, Raynauds '07....Plaquenil, Hydrochlorothyazide, Cardizem, NorQD, Naproxen, Folic Acid (for mouth/nose sores), Multivitamin, Flonase.


Bunny29
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   Posted 6/6/2007 4:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Queen 1978,
have you had any symptoms post ablation?
Also for anyone else who has had ablation was it sucessful and did you have any symtoms, how long have they lasted etc?
 


banditd
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   Posted 6/6/2007 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

I just had mine done on May 10th, I can honestly say where they 'go in' is what may hurt the most, the two on my groin, one was worse than the other, and my neck one was just bruised, the one on my groin was bruised more than my other side, may have been the main one he was in but honestly, you feel nothing with your heart. I had mine done on a thursday and was back to work on monday. I went walking a lot on saturday, just a bit stiff by end of day. and for me it was so strange, i totally FELT my artery from my neck to my heart, you are a bit sore and for me it hurt a little when I coughed or sneezed :)

don't be scared, the room is totally amazing when you go in there and the technology!

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