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Mar 13, 2019 · Afib ablation in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am a 71-year old female with a history of very symptomatic paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. I have had three cardiac ablations. The first ablation did nothing for me and I continued to have subsequent hospitalizations due to recurrent a-fib episodes. Four years later I had my second ablation. I had much better success with it and remained largely episode-free for almost five years. At that point I experienced several episodes of symptomatic a-fib and was referred for a third ablation. I underwent my third ablation in July of 2018 and have since experienced only a few brief episodes of supraventricular tachycardia. With the second and third ablations, the only effects I noticed were some tenderness in the groin and some fatigue. I was back to my normal activities within a few days of having the ablations. All three of my ablations have lasted more than six hours due to the extent of burns required; from what I understand, that is longer than the procedure is normally. I admit that initially the idea of having the ablation was anxiety-provoking, but the subsequent freedom from the a-fib episodes has certainly made the process worthwhile. I was started on dofetilide following the third ablation but was able to discontinue that in January and am now just on diltiazem once a day with the hope that I will in time be able to discontinue it as well. I am on Coumadin and will probably be on that the rest of my life as I also have coils and stent in an aneurysm in my brain. I do the INR testing at home, which makes coping with the Coumadin easier. Hope this is helpful to anyone facing the thought of having an ablation performed.

Mar 21, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Have you been on any other medications for your arrhythmia? I did not do well with Multaq, so maybe a change in medication would help. Many of the medications for arrhythmias are blood pressure medications, and they can lower the pressure enough to make you tired. That was an issue with me with the Multaq. If your doctor is not willing to listen and work with you on finding a medication that will perform better for you, perhaps you need to change doctors. (Was this a primary care physician or a cardiologist?)

Mar 21, 2018 · Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am a 70 year old female with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation/flutter.I do not have any significant coronary artery disease (I was told by one cardiologist that the echo showed my arteries were "squeaky clean" 🙂 ) I am in regular sinus rhythm most of the time but have episodes of arrhythmia. I may go days, weeks or months without an episode, but when I do have an episode I am very symptomatic with severe chest pain, some shortness of breath, and a very irregular heartrate. I have been told that I have a rapid ventricular response with the episodes, meaning the ventricles also beat rapidly. My understanding is that as a result the ventricles don't have time to fill completely between beats and that can lead to sudden heart failure. I have had two cardiac ablations. The first ablation was unsuccessful. I did well after the second ablation for about 5 years, but the episodes have reappeared and I was recently told by my electrophysiologist that I need to have a third ablation. My arrhythmia has never responded well to medications i.e. none of the antiarrhythmics have really prevented the episodes. With the episodes the chest pain becomes so severe I have to go to the emergency room. Usually I am given a bolus dose of diltiazem followed by a diltiazem drip and that necessitates a 1-2 day hospital stay. I know there are many people who have a-fib and aren't even aware they have it because they have no symptoms or they only have occasional palpitations. My a-fib seems to be a "horse of a different color," and the experience has been very frustrating and disheartening. But at 70, I am grateful for the care I have received that has helped me cope with my condition. (I understand there is a genetic component to a-fib. I am pretty sure my father had it; I know he had episodes of chest pain and a rapid heart rate. He died at age 61, and I often wonder how much longer he might have had if he had the care I have received.) At any rate, I was just curious if there are others on the site that have symptomatic a-fib/flutter and what their experience has been. (Haven't read all the posts, so maybe I will find others who have had similar "journeys.")

Mar 21, 2018 · cPAP silicone allergy in Sleep Health

I am interested in your wife's experience with the cloth mask. My daughter had tried one (Don't know which) but went back to her regular mask. Reviews I have read mentioned that the cloth masks were a hassle to position and leaks were a continuing problem. I may need to take a look at the one (SleepWeaver Anew) your wife is using. I did find relief from my allergy with the AirTouch, which has the memory foam welded to the silicone so the silicone doesn't come in contact with my face. It sounds like your wife's silicone allergy is worse than mine, so the AirTouch likely would not work well for her. I am interested in where you found the polycarbonate eyeglass pads. I had to switch to plastic frames because of my silicone allergy but much prefer the frames with the nose pads that elevate the glasses away from the face. I hadn't been able to find any alternative to the silicone eyeglass nosepads so I would appreciate information on the polycarbonate pads. Thank you!

Jan 24, 2018 · cPAP silicone allergy in Sleep Health

After two months with the AirTouch I am absolutely satisfied with this mask. No irritation, no pressure sores, decreased leaks, better sleep–what more can I say. Oh, yeah, my husband now has an AirTouch and is very happy with it. He has scars on the bridge of his nose from sores from previous masks. He has for years put a piece of tape across the bridge to prevent the sores. He has a “crease” at the corner of his mouth as a result of an automobile accident when he was young. He was putting a pad in that area with his old mask because the mask did not conform to that crease and it leaked. With the AirTouch, he has discontinued the tape strip and the pad for that crease. No leaking and no irritation. He said he feels he is sleeping better. So in this house you have two definite fans of the AirTouch!

Dec 22, 2017 · cPAP silicone allergy in Sleep Health

Jim, I can’t personally compare the Airtouch to the standard full face mask as prior to starting with the Airtouch I was using a nasal mask (Lady ZestQ). I switched to the full face because the Airtouch is not available in a nasal mask. However, my daughter and son-in-law were recently here for a visit. I was telling my daughter about my new mask and when I pulled it out to show her, she started laughing and said, “That’s (my husband’s) mask!” My son-in-law has severe apnea and his cPAP is set at a high pressure. He has had many problems with air leaks and has tried a number of different masks. My daughter said he loves the Airtouch and has had no problem with leaks since he switched to it. (Personally I feel I have fewer problems with air leaks with the Airtouch and I feel that I am sleeping better since I switched. That is subjective; I haven’t had my stats reviewed so don’t have any quantitative/qualitative data on that.) I hope this helps. So far, I’m sold on the Airtouch. 🙂

Dec 20, 2017 · cPAP silicone allergy in Sleep Health

So, coming up on a month with the Airtouch mask and things are going well. No skin irritation or breakdown. So far this mask is a win! Not showing any wear on the mask/cushion as yet. Bottom line: I am loving this mask! My husband has even expressed interest in trying the mask himself, which is saying a lot.

Nov 22, 2017 · cPAP silicone allergy in Sleep Health

One clarification: The part of the Airtouch mask that the foam is molded to detaches from the base of the mask, so the rest of the mask can be cleaned with soap and water. And yes, Bernese, getting read for bed is complicated enough! I will update in a few weeks after I see how this mask works out.