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May 11, 2016 · Should I consider ablation? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

It was interesting to read the comments from @martishka and I did not wish to indicate that a “specialist” electrophysiologist was required. Only that the doctor who did my first ablation was unable to correct my AF by working on the right side. So he shocked me back to regular pulse and told me to take meds for the rest of my life. That is when I went looking for another doctor.

May 11, 2016 · Should I consider ablation? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Sorry to learn of your episodes since the ablation. Again my second ablation was centered in the left chamber where It seems there were cells causing the heart to pump at the wrong time. The right chamber is where the equipment to kill cells must enter the heart.. Only by going thru the heart wall between the two chambers and entering the left chamber was the doctor able to get to the cells causing the problem. Last point, not all doctors get into the left chamber (my first doctor did not). But of course, I have no idea where or why your problem continues.

May 11, 2016 · Should I consider ablation? in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I posted my story just a few hours before yours – see JohnDL. I’ll add to this additional information based on what I understand is your situation (please understand I’m not a doctor). I had one ablation before the one that worked. The one that worked for me required the ablation to be performed in the left chamber. Since the doctor enters the heart thru the right chamber he “poked” a hole between the two chambers (it is something this group developed as I understand it). Check around as one must find a doctor who can do what you need done.

May 11, 2016 · Good response to catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation in Heart Rhythm Conditions

If I am fortunate as you indicated it is because I worked to eat right and keep my level of fitness up for the past forty years. I’m not saying you are, but many do what they want without concern for what develops later on and then want a pill to cure the problem. I am truly sorry about the situation you are now in, but I still believe when a doctor does not tell you what you want to hear it is time to explore another doctor. Only then will you know what your path out of the problem really is.

May 10, 2016 · Good response to catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I have had such a good response to a correction procedure related to a heart condition, that I wish to share my story. It concerns a treatment that I had for a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation.
I believe it was 2012 when I received a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation. The cardiologist told me some people develop this condition in later life for no known reason. I was told I would need to begin taking meds to control the condition. That caused a search for another cardiologist as I try to avoid taking meds. Too often, it seems, medicines cause additional problems to develop.
The name of a medical group performing a corrective procedure was given to me by another doctor. This group claimed catheter ablation is superior to drug therapy. I was told, not every person with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation would be a candidate for the ablation procedure but I was, as it turned out.
The procedure was performed March of 2013. I was on blood thinner medicine and followed for one year. At the end of that year, I was given a clean bill of health as to the atrial fibrillation condition.
Since March of 2014, I exercise indoors five days every week for about 45 minutes each day. The exercise schedule is running on a treadmill after warming up on a cross-trainer machine for a total of 4.25 miles. I do wear a heart monitor and am able to maintain a pulse rate of up to 90% of the maximum allowed for my age of 77. I should mention, prior to the atrial fibrillation condition, I ran for exercise. In fact, as of 2016 I have been a runner for 40+ years.
I have been very pleased with the results from my catheter ablation and the fact that I can continue to perform cardio exercise on a regular basis. I feel great and recommend exploring the procedure as performed by that group to anyone with a diagnosis of atrial fibrillation and a desire to avoid meds.