I have been lurking on these forums for the past couple of years, and have found the expierences shared to be very helpful and informative. About 3 years ago, I was hospitalized with CHF and low ejection fraction of 15 caused by an untreated irregular heartbeat. 21 day hospital stay and was unable to get me to NSR after multiple cardioversions (afib), so I was released with a lifevest (whole other post about that). A decision was made to ablate for afib and aflutter. The PVI ablation was deemed a success (and comple return of ejection fraction output to normal levels), but months later aflutter returned and sustained for multiple days. Second ablation was done to go after the left atrial flutter. While in the procedure it was dicovered my poulmonary veins had reconnected, so that was cleaned up and they were unable to induce any more irregular heart beats. Aflutter came back in less than six months, and decision was made to go for the 3rd ablation to agressively target the flutter. Procedure was deemed a success and a right flutter wass ablated along with some left atrial flutter spots. They were unable to induce anymore irregular heartbeats. During recovery while removing sheaths, aflutter presented. They cardioverted, and then off and on flutter during overnight stay. These last 8 weeks have been the usual with recovery. Tons oif PACs/PVCS and sustained wpisodes of the aflutter from 2 hours to 3 days and two strings of 6 and 10 days of NSR during this time also. On beta blocker and flec.
Last 5 days have had 4 of 5 with sustained flutter episodes from 4 to 12 hours. After third ablation, some of my flutter are lower heartrate than ever before 95-105, but then some are my old faithful of 138-155 BPM. Actually in an episode now since 4:45 am that stopped for about 1 hour and returned when I got up at work to walk around.I go to a well repsected EP practice and have been encoraged that they are legit from outsode the practice. EP doc said he has seen this kind of activity subside after healing, even with apatient of 9 months.
I am nothing like my former self. Not active right now at all. Dont sleep well, becasue sometimes I have the episodes at night, and miss any sense of normalcy. Cna anyone provide support that this may susbside with time, or is it just what it is...the new me? Thanks in advance.