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Post Ablation Recovery – Need Help!!Heart Rhythm Conditions | Last Active: Jun 11, 2019 | Replies (30)
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I can only imagine how disappointed and frustrated you must feel! I sincerely encourage you to view this Q&A, where Mayo Clinic cardiologists discuss, "When Ablation Fails, What Then?” https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/838526
According to Dr. Paul Friedman, “…there are patients in whom it will fail. In that setting, it comes down to three options—pharmacologic treatment… and surgical therapies. Often, we switch to nonpharmacologic rate-control strategies, such as atrioventricular node ablation with device implantation. This is extremely effective for controlling symptoms…it is acceptable for patients in their mid-70s and older because it essentially eliminates the need for pharmacologic therapy, with the exception of anticoagulation for stroke prevention.”
If you read through some of the posts in this discussion, you will see that it's important to seek treatment sooner rather than later, particularly if you are still having afib episodes while taking antiarrhythmic medication . That's because atrial fibrillation is a progressive disease, and if afib is not treated, patients can transition from paroxysmal atrial fibrillation to longstanding/persistent atrial fibrillation – the greater the severity of atrial fibrillation, the harder it is to cure. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/atrial-fibrillation-ablation/care-at-mayo-clinic/pcc-20384972
@jeanniegirl, for how long have you had afib? Is this your first catheter ablation?