I had the burning but was the first for a new piece of equipment at Mayo.
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I am just wondering how successful people have found ablations. I have had two, the second having lasted three years now. I don't know if there is data about how long the ablations usually "hold." I've been told that 50% of people are back in a-fib after five years. Also, are there people who have had numerous ablations? Just curious about the experiences of others. When I had a-fib I was very symptomatic.
Yes, just a doctor's prescription. And there are test strips that are shipped to you by Roche.
My first post. Just joined Connect although I have been a Mayo patient for ten years, since a-fib was diagnosed. I've had two ablations (Dr. Munger is awesome!). The second one three years ago with no recurrence (yet).
For those on Warfarin who find monitoring INR levels a pain, I used to. It involved a drive to a local lab, being poked in my only good vein and a drive home. I didn't know for a few years that there is a home monitor that only requires a finger stick (a little more blood than a blood sugar poke). I've been doing that for a few years now. It's been really helpful when I am put on an antibiotic or other drug that may interfere with the INR. I can do extra tests as directed by my cardiologist without the hassle. I've found it to be pretty accurate and certainly easy to use. Results are entered online or by phone.