Recent Ablation: Wait and See If Working

Posted by Larry @crashnam, Sat, Jun 22 8:48pm

Had my ablation for Paroxysmal Afib on June 5. Quite the ordeal but everything went okay. About four hours. Spent the night went home the next day. Was having AFIB episodes every day for about three weeks leading up to my ablation. 8-10 hours at 200 BPM. Have had it for 6 years but episodes were getting closer together. Aside from my normal bothersome PVC’s, etc. Have not had an AFIB episode. Will see the doctor for follow-up on July 2 when I will ask him several questions. I’ll give you more information after that visit. As of now, I would do it again if need be. They sometimes it doesn’t take completely. So, it’s a wait and see.

@crashnam, from your message, it sounds like the ablation may be considered a success – so far at least. What questions do you have for your follow-up? What is concerning you?

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@crashnam Hi Larry… I was wondering if your EP mentioned the 3 month 'blanking' period where you are expected to have episodes/PVCs etc as you recover from the procedure. I have done quite a bit of research about success rates for ablations and note that there really is no consensus about what that means. Generally though 1 or 2 months after is a little too soon but it is great that you are feeling better and that the ablation only lasted 4 hours, which to me means that it was not too challenging to fix I did ask my EP a year after my second ablation, when I have not had an episode – and he did confirm then that it was successful. He had given it only a 50/50 chance so either I was very lucky or I had a really good EP or both. Never mind that I may have to do it again. It feels strange in a way to think of it as a success when the procedure keeps you free from afib for 'only' a year but that is what it is. Mary

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@crashnam Hi Larry l had mines on May 24th and l been Praising the Lord ever since. People just don't understand what a miracle that is. It just so Amazing. I was having problems with my heart for years and cardiologist just ignored the fact. I was put on multi recall high blood pressure meds, diuretics and blood thinners. And l was allergic to so many meds that last year the heart hospital here when l was in trouble said we can't give you anything. So l went home and next thing l noticed l was in a psych ward. I saw my notes that wrote about it. But you know God will always send someone to help you and he definitely did. My new cardiologist asked me several times Do l Trust Him. And when l went for a week EEG test l went in to tachycardia twice and he was going to stop my heart. And l was praying at the same time and it went back to normal. I was discharged early from the EEG and had emergency surgery. And my doctor he pulled all kinds of strings. So they said it take 2months before they can say if it was a complete success but l feel great. Mines was SVT heart ablation. And l am seeing so many people getting miracles not with hearts. But l just rejoicing with them. Are you still taking meds for heart rhythm and blood pressure. I am but l am able to do so much. And l am back driving. Enjoy your Blessing.

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@colleenyoung

@crashnam, from your message, it sounds like the ablation may be considered a success – so far at least. What questions do you have for your follow-up? What is concerning you?

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A month in. Not many problems at all. Seemed to alleviate some of my other palpitations as well. Didn't ask my Dr. too much other than what he did. Said he got five major areas with both radio frequency and cryo. I asked if there was a chance I could be one of the lucky ones and be AFIB free from now. He said it was possible, but many times they have to go in and do a touch up. I would have no problem with that.

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@sayaboleh

@crashnam Hi Larry… I was wondering if your EP mentioned the 3 month 'blanking' period where you are expected to have episodes/PVCs etc as you recover from the procedure. I have done quite a bit of research about success rates for ablations and note that there really is no consensus about what that means. Generally though 1 or 2 months after is a little too soon but it is great that you are feeling better and that the ablation only lasted 4 hours, which to me means that it was not too challenging to fix I did ask my EP a year after my second ablation, when I have not had an episode – and he did confirm then that it was successful. He had given it only a 50/50 chance so either I was very lucky or I had a really good EP or both. Never mind that I may have to do it again. It feels strange in a way to think of it as a success when the procedure keeps you free from afib for 'only' a year but that is what it is. Mary

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Had all kinds of PVC's for 40-plus years after returning from Vietnam. Some just nuisances, but many very frightening at work and play. Developed Paraxymal AFIB 6 years ago. First episode lasted 14 hours at 200 BPM. Needless to say, PVC's got worse alone with it, and AFIB incidents started to become more frequent. Didn't want to take much medication so I stuck with just Eloquis and Metropolol and some vitamins. Three weeks prior to ablation AFIB was kicking in about every day, and the night before had a 9 hour episode. Felt a little strange after leaving the hospital with a little racing now and then and some PVC's, but I hung and started feeling better each day. Have had a few quick AFIB episode for anywhere from 10 seconds to 30 seconds. No problem. Was just scared it would kick in for a long episode but it hasn't. One month free now. Dr. said at some point may need some touch up if it starts bothering me too much, but I as well would gladly have it done.

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@techi

@crashnam Hi Larry l had mines on May 24th and l been Praising the Lord ever since. People just don't understand what a miracle that is. It just so Amazing. I was having problems with my heart for years and cardiologist just ignored the fact. I was put on multi recall high blood pressure meds, diuretics and blood thinners. And l was allergic to so many meds that last year the heart hospital here when l was in trouble said we can't give you anything. So l went home and next thing l noticed l was in a psych ward. I saw my notes that wrote about it. But you know God will always send someone to help you and he definitely did. My new cardiologist asked me several times Do l Trust Him. And when l went for a week EEG test l went in to tachycardia twice and he was going to stop my heart. And l was praying at the same time and it went back to normal. I was discharged early from the EEG and had emergency surgery. And my doctor he pulled all kinds of strings. So they said it take 2months before they can say if it was a complete success but l feel great. Mines was SVT heart ablation. And l am seeing so many people getting miracles not with hearts. But l just rejoicing with them. Are you still taking meds for heart rhythm and blood pressure. I am but l am able to do so much. And l am back driving. Enjoy your Blessing.

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Glad things are working out for you. I as well am feeling much better. Doing pretty much anything physical I want. In fact probably started doing too much, too soon. But, it has all worked out. Hope I am one of the lucky ones and it doesn't return. Still have PVC's, but they are not as bad as they were. So, at this point, everything is tolerable.

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