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What Are The Risks Of Cardiac Ablation? For Those Who Have Had The Procedure, What Are Their Experiences After An Ablation?

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I am scheduled for an @ablation soon. I've had no arrhythmia since taking medications (@xarelto and sotalol). I was hospitalized twice last fall, one with cardiac inversion. I've had two cardiac inversions. One over 20 years ago and the one last fall. I've experienced palpitations for many years but the heart has always corrected itself except for the three times I was in hospital through emergency. In the last 3 years I have been plagued with an continuous low frequency drone caused by replacement of machinery above my condo suite. I researched and found that noise pollution affects human health and adverse reactions to it are coupled with a change in hormone content of blood, which in-turn increases heart beat. Noise can cause constriction/contraction of blood vessels, may cause heart attack and damage to the heart. I believe the prolonged noise pollution is the cause of my last two hospitalizations. If that is the case, I am wondering if an @ablation which kills nerves to the heart is warranted, especially since I've been informed that I would still have to continue medication. So, I am concerned about the procedure's risk and would like to hear from anyone who has had an @ablation regarding the results...negative and positive.

posted November 25, 2016 (edited)
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A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

My first heart procedure was a heart abaltion 2019. Benefits only lasted a short time for me. No after effects that I felt. Out patient procedure. So no overnight stay. But lots of people I know did stay overnight for observation. Good luck and I hope it works well for you.

posted 6 days ago
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Yvonne, I had an ablation around September 2018 with no complications of any kind. The lead up to that was I had a MI with stent placement in 03/2011 and never was "normal" after. I would get palpatations, thought I was having a heart attack, and multiple trips to the ed and a couple of hospital admissions. Then 12/2017 I had a stroke, started on a great road to recovery and thru my cardiologist work we found the cause was afib. I had multiple med changes, additions, deletions, multiple cardioversions that rarely held more than 3 days, had a pacemaker implanted, and finally an ablation and been good sense. Bad on my part, I left nursing in 2000 and I trusted my ep did some research but ultimately I let her do what needed to be done. She was one of the highest rated ed's out there, sadly she moved cross country so tomorrow I continue with a new one. As for meds being continued the only drug that was added because of all this is Eliquis for prevention of blood clot formation, the cause of my stroke. All the anti arrythmics have been discontinued, I'm still on my blood pressure meds tho doses have been cut and some were discontinued. If I had to do it over again, I'd have it done again, but that's me. You have to decide if you want to done to you, for you. I still have concerns what if it comes back. But main question for physician is what is the cause that is necessating the ablation, is it afib? And make sure of you ep and if they're the "right fit for you", you have to trust them with yo're life, if you're unsure about any of this go get a second opinion, that will help you make your decision better.

posted September 21
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Had my ablation 2 years ago. Not AFib, Atrial Flutter. Different side of the heart. Don't know how much credence I put in your noise level hypothesis. I have not had any issues since my procedure. No longer on any blood thinners except for a baby aspirin at night.
Be sure your electrophysiologist is of the highest caliber. Preferably the professor, teaching the students the proper techniques. You always want the Most experienced doctor at your side. Check credentials.
Best Wishes.

posted September 20
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

One thing no one really mentions about Afib is that there are different Types from a few causes and physical differences , and having Multiple Cardioversions to get the heart back into sinus rythem is supposed to be harmless I've had more then 3 or 4 and was only sunburned by one pad Once, it was suggested after that time I should consider Ablation, I wont delve into what exactly they found when they did the mapping , though he did say after zapping one Node the next one in line fired off.... not an everyone experience but it does happen , I stayed in Sinus rythem for 2 years plus and in April '23 I was getting Bilateral scan of my legs (routine every 2 years for Popliteal aneurysms in both knees one was bypassed in 2010 and the left one will be repaired next tuesday the 9/ 26 during the routine check up I had an issue with 8 of my toes developed ulcerations a couple days prior to so MY vascular doc did a series of other tests on the left knee including and angiogram and was unable to directly A Caused B.... but it did have some effect ( on the left leg what about the right one??? yeah so anyway it all cleared up fairly normally but the graft will be placed tuesday... That all being said my angiogram in March -April while I was in recovery for 3 hours MY BP and heart rate Monitor were all over the place between HR of 43 up to 114 and back down and them up to 100. 80 etc , so I got in touch with my EP's office when I got home and explained the situation and it was decided That we'd do an ablation the following week Once he got in there he found that most of the work he'd done with ablation #1 had Grown Back connectivity.... so dont feel you need to believe once a node is zapped of frozen then its deceased forever .... The larger issue is the potential for damaging the arterial (or venous) walls puncturing them and causing a bleed or potentially damaging a valve passing the Cath though the Leaflets and Puncturing the leaflet so it doesn't seal fully allowing regurgitation causing your heart to pump less efficiently....or causing the need for a valve replacement!! The Cath is easily capable, Because My EP has Used the cath to push through the Septum from the left to the right side of the heart muscle. There is a potential for STROKE should you begin Throwing blood clots which is why ALMOST all Ablation Pts are prescribed Anticoagulants like Eliquis Xarelto and the other 2 and in many other places Warfarin, Coumaden its also important to retain some of your exercise walking and similar to help the heart stay strong

posted September 19
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I’ve had 4 ablations I have SVT super ventricular tachycardia, , a fib , Long QT , Sic Sinus Syndrome. No sooner he zapped one another started . The bad thing is just laying there , you don’t feel the zapping . If it helps go for it πŸ’—

posted September 18
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

had one it worked

posted September 18
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

Praying all is in the past and your better now .

posted September 7
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I totally understand that. I was supposed to have ablation the day I went to hospital. They did a catheter. Heart rate was all over. 150 to 170. Changing so fast was like a slot machine.. meds didn't slow it down. 3 months and 3 shocks I finally got it done. Was in hospital 4 times before ablation. Found out I already have had a heart attack. I had no idea,found out with discharge instructions.
Meds put me to sleep. Rough 3 months. Didn't know if I was
Going to wake up next day.
I am glad to hear you are doing well. Sound like a sweet lady. Keep smiling 😁😁😁😁😁

posted September 6
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

I had am ablation after multiple shocks the first month. Dr wasn’t sure it was going to work.. he had a back plan. Procedure was no problem. It did work, tough couple couple of months waiting to make sure it worked. P t s d .
Working with a trauma therapist. I’m a lot better. It’s tough at first but gets better . Hang in

posted August 25
A MyHeartDiseaseTeam Member

one thing that no one seems to define here is "what is the cause of they're Afib ... and this could be any number of issues causing the actual afib.... that being said Dangers include BLOOD CLOTS which tend to be much more dangerous with AFIB, so Typically they prescribe a anticoagulant ( which thins the blood keeps it from clotting too quickly) so a little better then Just baby aspirin typically ... Anxiety, Stress, Over weight, Lack of exercise, Diet ( eating crap) instead of Healthy foods can all contribute For those of you on "Dofetlide (Tikosyn)" make sure you advise any "other doctors" that you take this stuff when I was put on my own dose it slowed my heart down so much My Heart rate was as low as 41 beats a minute typically a male at rest heart rate is generally around 60, ladies usually a little faster 70-80 so yeah Always be careful getting up to us the bathroom or similar situations or you will find yourself on the floor... I've got an extensive history of other issues that my afib is merely a part of my issues and its come on more recently in the overall picture This overall history began in 2009 the afib in 2016,,, the EP docs do have good success rates in Many people cases but when there are other "underlying" issues then maybe not as simple, Your Hypothesis re: drones Most would say seems a little over the top to most folks BUT like I said If your suffering anxiety stress etc this can trigger afib so I wont say your wrong at all prior to My 1st ablation about 5 years ago, I went through 6 or 7 "Cardioversions" and some worked some just didn't work and I reverted into afib after a fair period or in 24 hours as well , The next options Medications Like the Dofetilide/ Tikosyn or a pacemaker ( in the correct situation)

posted August 25

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