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What can be done to restore my energy level after ablation?

Posted by @lelorrain, May 24, 2016

I had an ablation done on May 6. It lasted 6 hours. It did not clear my tachycardia. I still have a low pulse count (around 35). Metoprolol and Verapamil were tried but do not seem to work. I am seeing the Electrophysiologist after tomorrow but I wonder if there is anything else that can be done to restore my energy level. I feel sluggish and unable to maintain a high energy activity. After the procedure I was told that the source of the rogue contraction was not in the left ventricule but, probably, “on the other side” of my heart. What does that mean?

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Welcome @lelorrain. Glad to have you join us.
We have several discussions about ablation happening on Connect. Simply enter “ablation” into the search box beside the magnifying glass at the top of the page and you’ll find a variety of conversations. For that reason, I modified the title of this thread that you started because I think you ask a very specific and important question.

Please meet fellow Connect members @martishka @gonefishinmt @nadine66 @jimana @predictable @johndl @1pepper2 @thankful @barbararickard some of whom have had an ablation and/or taken the drugs you mention.

So folks, what questions do you think @lelorrain should ask the electrophysiologist tomorrow? Any tips about restoring energy levels?

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Welcome @lelorrain. Glad to have you join us.
We have several discussions about ablation happening on Connect. Simply enter “ablation” into the search box beside the magnifying glass at the top of the page and you’ll find a variety of conversations. For that reason, I modified the title of this thread that you started because I think you ask a very specific and important question.

Please meet fellow Connect members @martishka @gonefishinmt @nadine66 @jimana @predictable @johndl @1pepper2 @thankful @barbararickard some of whom have had an ablation and/or taken the drugs you mention.

So folks, what questions do you think @lelorrain should ask the electrophysiologist tomorrow? Any tips about restoring energy levels?

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@lelorrain, maybe the most important question for you to ask is whether treatment with Metoprolol, a beta blocker, from here on is indicated. I can’t comment on other factors in your status, which might be factors that I have not experienced.

I have had two ablation procedures. I am currently free of any afib symptoms. Sounds to me you may want to ask your Dr. about an implantable device. Good luck!

I saw my Electrophysiologist yesterday. He did an EKG showing that the ventricular tachycardia remains the same as before my last ablation. Since the medication (beta or calcium blockers) seems to be ineffective, he recommended a second ablation (that time it will work!!). Should I get a second opinion? Is it better to stay with the team that did the first ablation, although they didn’t stop my arrhythmia? I hesitate to change the EP team as they already have an experience with my heart.

@lelorrain

I saw my Electrophysiologist yesterday. He did an EKG showing that the ventricular tachycardia remains the same as before my last ablation. Since the medication (beta or calcium blockers) seems to be ineffective, he recommended a second ablation (that time it will work!!). Should I get a second opinion? Is it better to stay with the team that did the first ablation, although they didn’t stop my arrhythmia? I hesitate to change the EP team as they already have an experience with my heart.

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@lelorrain, a second opinion can be helpful and does not commit you to any procedures by the second physician. Same for third and fourth opinions. After hearing from them, you are better equipped to decide on the surgeon. My EKG shows only atrial fibrillation not ventricular arrhythmia, so my experience is not relevant to yours.

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@lelorrain

I saw my Electrophysiologist yesterday. He did an EKG showing that the ventricular tachycardia remains the same as before my last ablation. Since the medication (beta or calcium blockers) seems to be ineffective, he recommended a second ablation (that time it will work!!). Should I get a second opinion? Is it better to stay with the team that did the first ablation, although they didn’t stop my arrhythmia? I hesitate to change the EP team as they already have an experience with my heart.

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A second opinion can be really helpful and help you be better informed about your options to make the best decision for you. Here’s an article I came across that has questions to ask about ablation that may be helpful to discuss with your current doctor or others as you explore further procedures.

http://www.stopafib.org/partnering.cfm
http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/jared-bunch-rhythm-of-life/what-questions-should-i-ask-before-my-atrial-fibrillation-ablation/

Wishing you the best and keep us updated.

@lelorrain

I saw my Electrophysiologist yesterday. He did an EKG showing that the ventricular tachycardia remains the same as before my last ablation. Since the medication (beta or calcium blockers) seems to be ineffective, he recommended a second ablation (that time it will work!!). Should I get a second opinion? Is it better to stay with the team that did the first ablation, although they didn’t stop my arrhythmia? I hesitate to change the EP team as they already have an experience with my heart.

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Sorry to weigh in on this so late. If you mean SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) I had the same diagnosis. I also had atrial fib and flutter. And I had 5 ablations. The first 4 didn’t work for a variety of reasons- I am an anomaly in this case and it shouldn’t discourage you. It is pretty common to need 2 ablations- statistically.. My fifth ablation was a pulmonary vein ablation. I think a second opinion is always a good idea. After my second ablation I told my Dr that I wanted one. And he suggested that I go to Vancouver since everyone in that field was in the same office in Victoria. It just confirmed to me that I was on the right path. I had complete faith in my doctor but I still wanted a second opinion. Also, over the years I had to switch medications several times since the particular beta blocker that I was on stopped being effective. Since the successful ablation I am off all meds except for a blood thinner which apparently is protocol for a procedure like mine. I wish you luck. martishka

I have had two ablation procedures and have not had an irregular heartbeat issue since Oct. 2015. My problem was not a slow heart beat but one that would not stay in sinus rhythm. I had one pass out occasion and my cardiologist and the physician who did my ablation recommended pace maker/defib be implanted. Should that be an option to discuss with your Dr.

Thanks to all who sent a comment on my condition. I had a second ablation on June 13 which did not clear my ventricular tachycardia problem. The electrophysiologist said that another procedure, much more complicated, would be to go “behind the heart” to search for a source of irregular electrical impulses. This is not recommended if the condition is not too disabling. I am 77 years old and, although at times, I feel “crummy”, I’ll try to live with it.

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