Hi tek I understand wat u feel to well I had ablation done I would tell u have it done...everything will be fine at least it will help it to slow down...hope you decide to go thru with it So u can try n live with tachycardia good luck I have had 3 already...
you have had three already??? why have you had to have so many?
Must be short as I'm on a pbone. I was up to 3-5x per month when I decided that 54 yrs. of this was enough. Beta blockers did not help whatsoever. Ablation was the best thing I could have done. Lot's on here have had it done. Very easy. More later if you wish.
I know exactly how you feel. I had a similar dilema to you a couple of months ago. I have AVNRT but I only get 1 or 2 episodes a year which are terminated when I take Verapami,l a calcium blocker. I too wondered whether I should have an ablation or not as my symptoms were not frequent at all. But in the end I decided to go for it as it was affecting me physcologically...I would panic thinking I would have an episode in a remote place, on a plane, bascically it was affecting my quality of life.
I had an ablation in about 8 weeks ago but unfortunately the EP could not abalate all the points as my heartrate increased and he thought it would be best to stop. Which is fine, he was playing it safe and i'm glad about that. Unfortunately the following day after surgery I has an SVT episode which lasted about 30 min and was terminated ny verapamil.
I don't regret the ablation, the procedure was a lot less scary than I had anticipated. I was back to feeling myself after a week, but it was a tough week, I was tired, breathless,lost my appetite and had a 'jumpy' heart for a few days which is very unpleasant.
Glad I did it but it looks like I might have to do it again, that's what my EP recommends. At the end of the day I just want to lead a normal life and not worry about having an episode. You'll just have to weigh up the pros and cons, think about whether you want to go through with it or whether you'd rather wait and see how you feel .
thank you for your feedback barbie. i'm sorry to hear it didn't work fully for you. i'm scheduled for my surgery on the 14th of june, but have another appointment with my EP next week to go over some of my concerns. i think i'm going to go through with it because i don't want to sit around wondering "what if?" the thought of never having another episode again is motivation enough even if it doesn't work.
Has anyone explained vagal maneuvers to you? I've had PSVT (sudden onset of tachy lasting for awhile and then stopping suddenly) all my life. I dealt with it for the first 20+ years not knowing what it was. Then a doctor told me and taught me the valsalva maneuver (just one of the vagal maneuvers). It's simple: take a breath, hold it and bear down as if you're having a BM. Takes about 10 seconds and the heart flip flops a bit and will drop back to normal rhythm. I used that for over 30 years before I finally went in for my ablations (more than one because my heart is stubborn and I have more than one type of arrhythmia). It was quite helpful in stopping my tachy times.
I had an ablation for my AVNRT (in 2010) but it wasn't successful. My cardiologist/EP was unable to get my heart to go into AVNRT but he said he was able to get it to go into some type of arrhythmia. The AVNRT did come back last year but through taking 50mg of Metoprolol twice a day it seems to have gone away (I have a device called a Loop recorder implanted that records like an EKG whenever my heart rate goes above 176 or below 60 so they can download off of it and see if the SVT is happening). Unfortunately the Loop recorder is considered a diagnostic device so once I have this one removed(They only last about 4 years before they stop working and I had it put in Jan 2009) I probably will not get insurance coverage for another one to be put in. I would still say(despite my experience) to go ahead with the ablation. I personally think that the reason mine did not work is because I had a difficult case to treat (I was going into SVT about 6 times a month and dealing with recurrent tachycardia). After the ablation (as in the moment I came out) I developed high blood pressure and it hasn't gone away, I did not have high blood pressure before the ablation. Kinda strange, I'm not sure how that happened.
Hey everyone, I wanted to provide you all with an update. I had my SVT ablation last Thursday, 28 June and it was a complete success. Originally I was diagnosed with having SVT, but once they mapped my heart they found that I had AVNRT (extra pathway). I feel great. I'm experiencing some mild symptoms like burning sensation and skipped heartbeats but they are tapering off with each passing day. I worked out yesterday. Went on an hour and half walk followed by plank pose, sit ups, push ups and some yoga poses. I couldn't get my heart rate up beyond 108. I'm going to keep pushing myself to see if I can trigger any symptoms, but according to my EP I am cured. The procedure was a piece of cake. Worst part is lying still for 5+ hours after the procedure and the pain from the incisions, but it was not unbearable. I took Tylenol when needed. I highly recommend this procedure to anyone considering it.
Please feel free to ask me any questions. Good luck!
The term SVT is an all-around term that encompasses several forms. AVNRT is one of them. My SVT was AVRT.
i hit "post" too soon. I'm glad that you're on the road to recovery. Experiencing some jumpiness is normal. Mine has finally started to settle down nearly a year and a half later. I haven't had PVC crusts in months. Enjoy life!
Not "crusts" but PVC "clusters". Darn spell checker second guessing me!