Nine years ago I had a cardiac cateterization for WPW. It was successful in stopping the WPW, but I immediately noticed a change in my breathing. I was a "young" and active 50 year-old, who was heavy into biking and kayaking. I was biking 15 miles a day before work, and on the weekends I did 30 miles a day. And I would go kayaking for two hours every evening. But after the ablation, I would get winded quickly and never again had the stamina that I did before the ablation. Now it is 9 years later and I have been rushed to the hospital four times this year with bouts of extremely high blood pressure. For no reason at all - when I least expect it, my blood pressure will soar to 220/120 and my pulse rate will double. My vision goes blurry, I feel like I am suffocating and can't get enough air, I feel nauseated and light headed - like I am going to pass out, and get a feeling of doom - like I am just going to "fade away" and die.
The last time that I was hospitalized (three months ago) I had chest pressure and in the ambulance they were not able to get my blood pressure down, so I was admitted and all kind of tests were done. They say my heart is fine. But I have had three more episodes since. I have not called 911 for them because the BP has not gone over 200 (which they told me to get to a hospital when it does that again). It has been close (199/110) and it has scared me and made me feel like I was on my way out again. But I did not want to go to the hospital, knowing that they would not find anything again. I want to know if anyone has had similar problems after an ablation.