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Sun, Oct 21 6:41am · Ablation Success in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I had the burning but was the first for a new piece of equipment at Mayo.

Thu, Oct 18 9:54am · Ablation Success in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I gained weight but I think due to other drugs, not the Flecainide. I can't lose it either, but I also have had my thyroid removed so that doesn't help either!

Sat, Oct 13 11:05am · Ablation Success in Heart Rhythm Conditions

After three years, I'm still on blood thinners (other risk factors on CHADS scale), Fleccainde and Atenolol (beta blocker to slow heart rate). A-fib runs in my family and I am highly symptomatic when in a-fib.

Fri, Oct 12 10:42am · Ablation Success in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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.

Mon, Oct 8 8:48am · Watchman Implant for A-Fib in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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).

Mon, Oct 8 7:22am · Watchman Implant for A-Fib in Heart Rhythm Conditions

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.