I’m 66yr old male with A-fib was diagnosed 2/16 I’ve had four cardio versions that didn’t work. Was on a couple of different meds that didn’t work. Amiodarone did work for the A-fib but put me into hyperthyroidism and the A-fib retuned. So now my EP is doing the abalition. I don’t like the idea of messing with my heart.
I had 6 spots ablated and 3 they couldn't get to due to the area being to risky. This was done back in 2011 and I am so glad I did it. I was scared as well but it was well worth the procedure, it brought me so much relief and pain free after. Mine was done at Brigham and Womans hospital in Boston, MA.
As of today if I had to do it over again I would definitely do it. Make sure that you have a great EP and give your power over to the doc and what you believe in. I am now home, up walking around and I’m able to drive without any problems. I haven’t used any pain meds since the day of the ablation. Yes there is some pain but not enough for me to take any meds. I’m now on Sotalol which is why I needed to stay in the hospital until Saturday. They need to check your EKG after each of the first five doses of Sotalol. Per the doc I should be able to get off the Sotalol some time in the future. I can tell you about my experience but you have to be the person that decides for you. Best of luck and if I can be of any help let me know. By the way I am a retired RN.
Have the same thing, A-Fib since 2013, had three inversions, two ablations, worked at first, seems the sress of being a police officer overides everything, can’t have any more inversions/ablations, been retired for almost a year, Afib still with me, more at night than during the day, cardiolost suggested pacemaker but don’t like the idea, starting to get back into exercise and sort of eating right, love to cook and love eating what i cook, 😭😭.
I am so glad you did well. Kind of helps me to make a decision regarding ablation. I am still hesitant.
Here’s an update
The ablation went well as the doc said it was almost textbook. Some chest discomfort but that’s to be expected and pain meds help a lot. Due to a change in meds I need to stay in the hospital an extra day (lucky me). I had to stay in bed and on my back with the head of the bed up 30 degrees, what a PIA that was. I’m able to get up now and I’m much happier. I had dinner and it was typical hospital food. I’m looking forward to Saturday evening when I get discharged. Thank you everyone for all of the positive vibes and energy that was sent my way I believe it helped me get through all of this.
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