Posted by rubywitch67 @rubywitch67, May 6, 2021

Hello again, everyone! It's been a fairly long time since I've been here, only popping in once in awhile to offer some support. Now it's ME that once again needs help. I had an ablation a little over 2 years ago for PAF. The procedure was deemed a success and for the past 2 years I have been blessedly free from AFIB with only the occasional PVC. Last night about 9pm, I had an AFIB episode that lasted about an hour. I'm sure I don't need to tell anyone here how frightened I was! After 2 years I had ALMOST forgotten how horrible AFIB is. As you can also imagine, today I am feeling extremely anxious and while I know it's not good to focus on every little sensation, I can't stop. The episode, as I said, happened last night and have had no further episodes. I will be contacting my cardiologist today, but I'm just wondering if 2 years is pretty "average" for an ablation to "hold?" Would love to hear from anyone who has been in this boat! I am VERY scared! Thank you all so much.

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I am so sorry you are suffering from these traded attacks. Believe me I know from experience how terrible they can be. After having several of them and being hospitalized about three times for a fib episodes my cardiologist suggested that I get a pacemaker and have what is called an AV node ablation. From what I understand they ablate the node that connects the upper and lower chambers of the heart basically Rendering the heart dependent on the pacemaker. I know it is my sound frightening, however you are constantly monitored with a home device and also you can be checked in the doctors office to make sure everything is running smoothly. The pacemaker battery itself usually lasts approximately 10 years and then simply asked to be replaced which is no big deal. I am extremely pleased and have had mine changed now once and I’m due again in about two years. I like it because they can read everything that has happened to your heart by simply running a quick test they can also tell you how long the battery is going to last.

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