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Wed, Feb 12 7:26pm · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Hello. I've had problems with PVC's and SVT's for about 45 years. Basically started when I came back from Vietnam. Anyway, PVC's are skipping and fluttering, etc. in the lower chambers of the heart, and SVT's are the irregular heartbeats in the upper chambers of the heart. I got used to experiencing both over the years even though they could get pretty bothersome at times. I worked with them, and played with them. My problem is that I felt every one of them and still do. They can be very alarming at times. Anyway, on occasion during this period I would experience a sudden burst of racing which would last 8-10 seconds or so and then stop. About 8 years ago when I was work sitting at my desk I experienced this sudden onset of speed with my heart but this time it didn't go away. It lasted for 14 hours at approximately 180-200 BPM. It ran its course I guess and when I woke up I was back to a normal heartbeat rate, with the exception of my normal palpitations of course. Well, as time went on the intervals between episodes became shorter and shorter. I did get a cardiologist and tried to manage it when the episodes occurred, but medication never seemed to slow it down. Went to ER with the episodes only three or four times over the 8 years because I just wanted to tough it out. It's called Paroxysmal AFIB which means it's not persistent or permanent like you have at this time. In talking to my cardiologists an ablation was mentioned from time to time. I was really scared about it. But in April of 2019 I decided to go through with it since I never knew when an episode was going to hit. They scheduled it for June of 2019 and about two weeks prior the episodes were getting pretty bad. Luckily I made it to the day of ablation and at that point I told my Dr. just do what you gotta do. Took about four hours. I spent the night and went home the next day. A little scared because my heart still felt a little weird. I've been AFIB free for 8 months with the exception of a few minor episodes lasting 10-15 seconds but that's it. Still have my normal skipping and jumping but the AFIB was actually the biggest concern. They say that sometimes you need another one or at least some touch up if it comes back. I would most certainly do it again if need be. The success rate is pretty high with the type of AFIB I had, but permanent AFIB like you have can be taken care of as well with an ablation. Success rate is a little lower but the key is that there is success. I've always taken as few medications as possible over the years, and still don't take much other than a blood thinner (Eliquis) and metoprolol. At 70, I still smoke and drink beer on occasion. I guess I would be considered a renegade but I live my life the way I want to. Feel free to ask me any questions. This is a pretty lengthy response to you, but there are many things I could probably fill in for you.
Larry Hall.

Jul 5, 2019 · Recent Ablation: Wait and See If Working in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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.

Jul 5, 2019 · Recent Ablation: Wait and See If Working in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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.

Jul 5, 2019 · Recent Ablation: Wait and See If Working in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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.

Jun 22, 2019 · Recent Ablation: Wait and See If Working in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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.

May 3, 2019 · Young, Chest Pain, yet Tests Normal – Heart Problems? in Heart & Blood Health

I am here for heart issues of course but I noticed your post. This may sound a little wacky, but I have had a three or four bouts over the years of an unusual stinging type pain all across my upper chest. I think the first time was when I was around 35 (I'm 69 now), and the second was around age 50. The pain just never seemed to go away, day and night up to 4 or 5 months. Uncomfortable, but I tolerated during work and play. Was never checked for heart issues with it and was told it may be some kind of a skeletal arthritis type of thing. Nothing serious of course, but I don't think that's what it was. I do have a hiatal hernia but it has never really bothered me. Whether it was related to that, I don't know. All I can say is maybe have it checked out a little more with a specialist of some sort. It could just be a wacky thing like I have had with nothing to worry about except for a little discomfort now and then.