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I don't know what to do..my husband had and ablation done yesterday, the doctor found the problem spot and ablated it, however, after the procedure was done and the catheter was out, my husband had severe chest and shoulder pain.  The doctor said pain was normal, but when he experienced nausea, the doctor was confused.  He contacted another cardiologist who went in to check the arteries and found that a main artery around his heart had been cauterized in the process.  In other words, the physician caused my husband to have a heart attack, as quoted by the physician himself.  My husband has now been in the ICU for two days, still has chest pain (of course) and is now suffering from chills and feelings of nausea.  The nurses don't seem to be too concerned, other than monitoring his pain/nausea.  I want them to do something, since this is the doctor's fault to begin with.  Any suggestions?
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Can you please provide me your doctor's name?  Because my son is going to see a specialist in los angeles.

Thankyou
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I wish I found this forum before my ablation. I had a cryo-balloon ablation on 2/24. I've had chest discomfort and developed a non-productive cough. Im not sure if this is a result of the ablation or the TEE test they did before, but it seems to be geting worse and not better. Has anyone experienced this and can tell me if its normal?  Not sure if I should see my EP doc or a regular MD for it.
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I would get a 2nd opinion. I hope you already have.
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I have had a PVI Ablation for paroxysmal AF. I have had; AF/Tachycardia, missed beats, pain, dizziness, short of breath on exertion, cough & swallowing issues, all of which can be experienced post procedure. It's differentiating this from a serious deterioration in condition that is difficult. Apparently some patients may need to be cardioverted in the period after surgery.

Reading the posts suggests that there is a common thread running through, namely poor Dr/Patient communication. They appear to play down the after effects of ablation and don't define in sufficient detail what may normally be expected after the procedure. It is very difficult to get this information from research papers as the researchers are only interested in long-term outcomes.

I am reluctant to go back into hospital so am playing it 'cool' just now (but I have medical knowledge and also a wife who is a nurse) however, if you are distressed by your symptoms get them checked. They will probably just do an ECG/EKG and reassure you.

The ultimate success of an ablation is assessed over a 12 week period but emember that your body/heart has been assaulted and will almost certainly take a longer time to recover than you think.
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i am skeered now.  I just stumbled on this site and am due for surgery on April 2nd....i was perusing sites to find out how wonderful i was going to feel  and now am very concerned.
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I am a 65 yo female who had 11 incidents of VT with near syncope over a period of two weeks.  My hr during the events got up as high as 180-250.  My bp and hr are normally on the low side, so this was quite disturbing.   I was told during a trip to the ER that I was having PVCs (several thousand in several hours) & hyperventilating and it was not life threatening.  I did not know what was happening, but knew it was more serious than that.  I went to my doctor who put me on an incident monitor.  After 3 recordings in one morning I ended up in the hospital for 5 days.  I had a heart catheterization done finding no blockage.  They did a heart MRI and ep study during which the doctor hoped to find where the VT was coming from.  He had to induce VT with a drug then did ablation in 9 areas of my heart.  I stayed another two days in the hospital doing a stress EKG each day until the doctor was comfortable releasing me.  He put me on a low dose beta blocker and I'm restricted from driving for a month until he feels confident that this will take care of the issue.  I do have some chest 'achiness', shortness of breath and am get tired after little exertion, but realize it's been only 5 days.  I have been out for short (1/2 mile or so) walks a couple of time a day and will build back up over time.  I was a 4 mph walker and generally fit and hope to get there again.  I was told that if I had not had a healthy strong heart it might have progressed from VT to V Fib after which I might not be writing about my experience.  I have been told they were leaning heavily toward an Inplantable Cardio Defibrillator, but agreed to these lesser 'cures' first.  If I have more events I will probably end up with the implant....something I do not want!  
It is interesting & informative reading other's experiences and seeing what works or doesn't work for others.  
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I had ablation surgery on 4-10-12.  Got out of the hospital next day.  Worst thing for me was removal of the cathiter from my penis!  Felt like pulling a pine tree out backwards!  Like nearly everyone else, I have a soreness in my chest, and I also have a slight cough, which could be due to irritation from breathing tube.  My heart rate was fluctuating wildly; 30's to 230's.  Had to be taken to the ER in Feb due to a TGA from low rate.  On the second day after release, I felt great; had lots of energy and couldn't wait to get back to my brisk 4 mile walk every morning. I did too much and my right groin is hurting some.  I think I'd better go easy.  I'm a 63 year old male, walk every day, lift weights 3 days/week, and follow a heart healthy diet.  A few months ago, I started noticing a fluttering feeling that passed very quickly.  It started happening more frequently, and progressed into a near black-out, sometimes actually losing consciousness for a few seconds. Wore a heart monitor for several weeks, and opted to go with surgery instead of meds.  Hope I did the right thing; it's too early to tell.
Tom
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Hi I read your post with interest. Like you I had a cardiac ablation for PAF 3 weeks ago. Since then I have found my resting heart rate to be around 84-90bpm (pre procedure rarely above 64bpm) and been experiencing recurrent central chest pain and tightnessand seem to tire and get out of breath very easily As you say it is diffcult to know what is to be expected, and at what point should you seek further oppinion. My follow up is in 3 months. Mas
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I am from Canada. I saw a Heart  Specialist about 18 months ago. Since I refused the ablation surgery I am no longer a patient. My SVT is seldom however; my regular heart beat is normally 99 – 120, I don't know why - I am exhausted all thetime but this could be diabetes.

We have free medical care in Canada. This may seem fortunate but you have to take the doctor you get and I have had such lousy medical attention with misdiagnoses and unnecessary surgeries over the years I have little faith in doctors.  

Problem is my health is not good. I had Sarcoidosis (in the lung) at 40 which nearly killed me. Prednisone therapy (not a drug I would recommend) made me a diabetic II within the month. Today at 54 (female) my diabetes is uncontrolled and I am in poor physical condition.

I had experienced only a few SVT episodes a year (heart goes from my normal beat of 99 -120 up to 289 – 300). This ambition procedure was recommended to me many times. However, surgeons here in Canada, heart or otherwise, recommend the procedures they perform. I’m not sure this is necessary in my case. Besides having an experienced doctor does not mean that is who does the procedure. It is usually an intern who needs the practice. And this scares me in itself.

I notice, my heart beats flutters now and I have heart pain. My breathing is heavy and I feel my few episodes per year are increasing 1 every 3 months. The after effects of an episode are worsening. I know this is no where near what you people are experiencing or had experienced, however, after my recent episode it was recommend I do something now before it gets worse and I have no choice and with my poor health risks are higher.

When my heart races I am incapable of communicating and may faint. At the ER I receive shots of adenosine (6ml), always administered by an inexperienced nurse(s) who does it for practise and the drug needs to be administered 2 more times.  

I have read every one’s post and I feel so bad for all of you for having to do this or having had this procedure done. My problem seems menial in comparison. I have suffered these episodes my whole life and never told anyone until the time my accelerated heart beat would not stop on its own after several hours and I passed out. This was in my late forties and someone got me to the hospital where my condition was identified.

I was on Metropolol to prevent rapid heart beat but this drug camouflages the symptoms of diabetic shock which one is rapid heart beat so I discontinued it. I haven’t a clue what to do. I am alone in a strange city for the most part. I have no friends and do not work due to diabetic condition. My family is 3000 miles back east and do not consider this "heart complaint" a real issue. Maybe it isn't, unlike you people.    
    
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This helped me soooooooo much. I am 53 had ablation on 4-16-12, I have been having what I call a huge air bubble between the boobs. Causes me to cough when I eat most of the time. No irregular beats, just tired, winded at times when I do a little. I used to sleep on my side, but now I get muscle pain and sharp stabbing in chest. Had CT..all normal.  Thanks for giving me some hope of feeling better.
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Hi I too have had an ablation and a few days later developed a tickly cough not sure if this is part of healing process and will go away on its own but been 4 weeks now might just go docs to see!
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YAY!  i just had it done, 5 hour procedure, just got home, was in hospital for 2 days, vision and headache problem right after but okay now sonny.***@****  
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Hi 59 and just got mine done 2 days ago <3
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I had an ablation last week. My problem was in my right ventricle outflow track. The procedure lasted about three hours and my cardiologist is confident that the treatment was successful.  

I spend one night in the hospital and was surprised that I had several runs of tachycardia just before they released me. I was told that the tach was coming from another area of my heart and probably the result of the "trauma" to the heart tissue from the procedure. Evidently things should calm down and hopefully the irregular beats will go away.

Until I found this forum, I was wondering why I am not back to feeling 100% normal. It is five days since the procedure and I have the chest tightness and occasional irregular heart beats.   I was told that I needed to take it easy for one week. For some reason, I assumed that I would be feeling fine by now.  Based on the comments posted in this forum, it sounds like one week is not a realistic recovery schedule.    

Because I don't tolerate drugs well, one immediate positive outcome with this procedure is that I was taken off the antiaryythmia drug and beta blocker which I have been on for the past four months.  I am no longer dealing with the side effects from those drugs and my blood pressure and heart rate are back to normal.

I am glad I found this forum. Thanks for all of the helpful comments.
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I am five days post ablation for AF and A Flutter,Back on metoprolol and now flecanide,palps very next day nearly 180bpm told this is normal,
I have awful chest ache,what seems like heartburn and cannot lie flat or on my left side without pain!! whats that about? If i take a breath in too deeply it really hurts and feel generally out of sorts,please tell me this is normal,seen my gp yesterday with a persistent cough producing horrible stuff and am now on Amoxicillin also.#I am really worried about these symptoms but hoping they get better every day ,so much for feeling better in a few days,this is not what the leaflets tell you.
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Thank you for the added information
I had mine on 6-15-12 and am not experiencing the short cough that makes my chest sore - lightheaded going up stairs. They did make me think that it would be about 2wks to recovery. In fact, I was just considering going to the ER.
Since your post was 2011 - how are you doing now ?
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I don't know if my reply posted or not, but it took about 3 months for me to feel pretty normal again.  I am doing well now, im back to playing softball, and exercising, every now and then i get a pop, but nothing sustained like before. You are pretty early into the recovery, i was looking all over creation for answers too and I was living with a cardiac nurse...but yeah I'd say three months you might feel like crap.  I still have little pains every now and again and i know my heart muscle and blood ways are clear so i still attribute that to the ablation.  I have read that it could take up to a year for your heart muscle to fully heal so we will see.  Hope you feel better soon!
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I am one month post ablation and still have the chest pain and occasional irregular beats. It feels like someone has punched me in the chest.  If your experience was anything like mine, it looks like I have a few more months of not feeling normal. Thanks for your post!
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Hi everyone I am new here and would like to share my story about my ablation experience. Om May 24th 2012,a little less than 3 months ago I had my ablation procedure.
As anyone who has undergone an ablation it is a little painful with the burning of the heart. I kept telling my Dr that my heart was burning during the procedure he reassured me it was normal to experience pain/burning in the heart,he said close your eyes and relax.I'm not sure how much time had passed but I woke up yelling to the Dr something is wrong my heart is burning I think I'm having a heart attack,the Dr. thought that was strange  because he was no longer ablating  my heart. He looked at my EKG monitor and seen that I was having a full blown heart attack.
I had a widow maker heart attack,what happened when the Dr was burning an area of my heart the heat transferred to my LAD,left anterior descending artery and caused it to constrict to 100% blocked causing me to have my heart attack . At the time of my heart attack know one knew why I was having it,when they put the dye in me they found out what happened.
I remember one Dr.put a nitro under my tongue and another put 4 aspirin in my mouth and said chew um up, the last thing I remember was telling these 2 young Dr's I need a bed pan I'm going to pee,which is normal when having a heart attack,I looked at the cath labs observation room and seen all of my l ablation team standing there with horrified looks on there faces while a new team took over to try and save my life.At that point I must have passed out and woke up in the ICU 8 hours later.
I went into the hospital  with a perfect heart except for my pvc's and pac's and came out with a life changing heart condition. What really  ***** is I still have pvc's and pac's ,chest pain and stabling pains in my heart .
I'm a 44yr old woman and have been very depressed that this happened to me.I could have died that quick.
Was wondering if anyone else had an ablation gone wrong.
Thanks for letting me ramble on.
Karen
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I also used a considerable amount of hcg,testosterone,deca and so on so believed I caused my need for ablation.My cardiologist and family doctors said that these had nothing to do with my problem .I would have developed this problem anyway.I am 63 and thought it sure took a long time to catch up.I am 6 days out from the procedure and feel very weak-dizzy and breathing is an effort.I have a home gym and all I can do for the next several months is look at it.I certainly hope that all of us can recuperate from this and have normal lives again!
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Wow, glad I found this site. I had my Ablation July 3rd at the Cleveland Clinic. Was having PVC after each normal beat, and runs of VT. I'm now 3 plus weeks post op, and feel like I was hit in the chest with a bat! The pressure and pain remains in the middle of my chest, and I find I become anxious, even when I'm trying to relax! A few missed beats or abnormal beats are felt, but just the fact that I'm still having chest pain scares me.
Told to get another holter monitor on, so waiting to hear from my new doc, since I was between insurance during the time of my surgery. So I'm hearing that most of us who has had this procedure, has continued chest pain and tightness??
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hi karen1117,
my husband had an ablasion sept. 2nd 2011.....he hasn't been the same since. they punctured his heart during the ablasion....oh so many complications from that and also created a second rapid rythmn....on metoprolol and florinef. he has had to quit working....actually lost his construction job....hasn't worked since surgery.....he can't exert without chest pressure and shortness of breath....he has developed a feeling of a lump in his chest off and on throughout everyday. it incapacitates him.....takes a good hour to feel a bit better....guessing it is constrictive pericarditis from scarring......the heart fills with blood and can't pump out as effectively. gets very low blood pressure. he is only 57.doctor just today put him on prednisone 20mg twice a day......at this point he will try anything.....
life has flipped 180 degrees......so sad......i saw someone else say ablasion patients are "guinea pigs".....funny, i've felt the same way.

so very sad because they seemed so confident that it was a simple fix....
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Stay calm, relax and wait for healing to run it's course!!!  There is nothing you can do at this point and the hard part is over.  Don't cause yourself unecessary stress (bad for the heart) smile!!  I am a week past an ablation procedure.  I immediately felt better!!  65years and counting.  I did not know what was happening all these years and the feeling kept getting worse.  Fear kept me from seeing a doctor sooner and I attributed the fast heart rate to anxiety and in my later years menapause.  Had I taken care of it sooner, life could have been many times more enjoyable...but, you can't miss what you can't measure!!  I'm taking it easy and looking forward to some exciting days ahead with exercise and maybe a companion to share my new improved heart.  Hope you feel better soon!!
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I am two months post-ablation and I am having fewer days of feeling like someone punched me in my chest.  It is very unpredictable and I can't narrow down what I am doing each day that might cause the chest pain to reoccur. It is   especially unsettling when it comes in the middle of the night and wakes me up. I am hopeful that by the time I see my EP next month for a three month check up that I will be even better.  
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I just had an ablation at U of L this week for SVT.  It took about 5 - 6 hours.  The worst part for me is my right shoulder blade, socket and arm are in a lot of pain.  I am guessing it is from the way I laid on the table.  I agree with your comments, they are amazing doctors and I was scared, but am so glad I did it.
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Hi Karen! I just underwent a second ablation on 9/12/12 and as soon as it was over, I remember coming out of the anesthesia and everyone in the room in a panic. My heart had been "nicked" and I was bleeding into my heart sac. It wasn't stopping and I had to have a drain placed into my heart sack and with an echocardiagram. Also, on standby was the heart surgeon becuase if my bleeding didn't let up or stop, I'd have to have open heart surgery. I was given whole blood and plasma to reverse the blood thinners I was given during the procedure which also increased the possibility that I could throw a clot. I had intense pain around my heart, in my back and in the back of my throat. I had to remain still longer than usual before the cathetors were taken out and before I was allowed to sit up or walk around. I also was given no food or liquids by mouth for two days in case I had to be rushed into open heart surgery.

Finally, after four echo's, the drain was removed and I was taken off the emergency surgery list. I felt like I was run over by a truck. Things is.. I was in sinus rhythm before this whole second ablation.. I had had an attack for 1 1/2 weeks and self converted. I felt FINE before this thing.. and now, three weeks later I still feel like crap and have chest pain. I'm in sinus rhythm, but have no energy, always feel tired, can't lay on my side and I just wish I never had the second one in the first place.

Cheri3757
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As with any procedure/surgery, there are never any guarantees and there is never a 100% success rate.  And further, one needs to MAKE SURE that the doctor doing the procedure is EXPERIENCED, EXPERIENCED, and more EXPERIENCED!

With no finger-pointing, as I certainly don't know your own doctor(s), some are just not that experienced; some do a few here and there, and for others, ablations are ALL they do!  Having done loads of research, I chose a place where the ablations were all the doctors do, to the tune of 6-7 per doctor, each week!  (There are always 2 EP's to each procedure where I went, along with the usual auxiliary staff.)

I had AF for years, and it got worse over time. I always reverted to sinus rhythm on my own, though 2 or 3 times there was discussion of cardioverting me. To be honest, it scared me nearly to death!  And I was in major AF when I went in for my (scheduled) ablation. (One time, a month or 2 prior to the ablation, the AF lasted 10 days, longer than ever before.  It sure threw me for a loop!)

My procedure lasted 3 hours, almost to the minute; I checked the clock when I was put out, and saw it when I awakened.  

It was a 99% success. My PVI was not entirely done, with just a tiny "dot" left unablated... unintentionally, of course  However, over 2 yrs down the road now, I am 99% better too!

On some rare occasions, when I am VERY tired, my heart rate goes up a bit too much, for which I take Flecainide, but I have done that twice in the last 10-12 months, that's all. And I make sure I get good rest, as well.

The main thing I made sure to remember after having the procedure was that my heart had just been poked, prodded, and "burnt" in areas, and that all that jostling and burning would make it unhappy for a while; it takes time to heal.

And one other point, VERY important to me:  the docs said to me, and I have heard this is said to others, that it heals within about 3 months. BS! (Apologies for my "mouth" here.) Not everyone has their scar tissue formed and done so quickly!  My guess is, the younger you are, maybe the faster the scar tissue forms.  Anyway, a few others, both here in the UK and in America, have told me that THEY were told it can take 6-9 months for some, and occasionally up to year!  

And guess what?  MINE was not done healing in 3 months either!  I'd say it was about 8 months when I felt it was all totally settled down, and all in place. (By the way, at nearly 61 now, I was well past 58 yrs old then.)

So, PLEASE don't fret!  Give it time, talk to your doc(s), and I pray they are sympathetic!  Don't let him/her brush you off or say it's in your head. And, to ME, most importantly, find an EP who has MEGA experience doing ablations, as well as does them often and regularly.

Wishing you all well,
Debb, a transplanted Yank now in Central England
XOX

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By the way, my EP told me they have to "push through" from one side of the heart to the other (right to left, as I recall), to do all of the ablating.  I am thinking this is true for all of us, or maybe it's just for those of us who have a PVI. Perhaps a moderating Dr here can let us all know...

That said, I was told that there is a (small?) percentage of those of us whose small hole between the left and right sides of the heart never completely closes up after birth, and for those with that situation, the EP can more easily cross over into the other side, not having to "puncture" the wall.

Anyone else heard this?

Debb, as before  :)
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Its been a minute since I put anything up here, but thought I should update this thing maybe just for posterity, who knows.  Ok so looking back over my original posts it seems I am around 10 months out from the ablation, and today I have a cardiologist appt. at 5 for guess what...PVCs!!!  It was all good for a few months, I was running, lifting weights, etc. It started again around the beginning of June when playing softball running for a fly ball and them bam it hit me again, not as bad but more than id like, and ever since its been getting a little worse.  At this point I take two flights of stairs and by the time im at my desk at work my heart is pounding and upon taking a deep breath its most definitively skipping a beat, just no beat where there should be one, so today I go back, my wife, who now works in the cath lab where I was originally ablated seems to think that in fact my heart has completely healed and as a result of the swelling completely gone has uncovered what could be a pin head sized spot of the site that is generating the PVCs.  FUN!!!  
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hi im an 24 year old female and I jus had an Sgt ablation done on the 20th of September and since then I've been having real bad palpitations sharp pains and some tightness in my chest since my surgery and im starting to get worried but they said my procedure was a success and everything came out jus great but im still confused customer im having more discomfort now then I was before..what shell I do
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Hello everyone, I am a 49 year old Canadian Woman who has had PVCs (anywhere from 3000-15000 per day) since I was in my mid 20s. I just had an ablation for SVT on September 19, 2012. During our procedures here in Canada you are wide awake, they told me they would give me something that would be a type of sedation but I would be awake for the procedure as sedation causes the heart to go to sleep there fore it would be harder to put the heart into SVT, however the medication they would be giving me would cause an amnesiac affect. Well that isn't what happened to me, I can give you every detail from beginning to end. It was painful, a burning sensation that felt like they were putting a hot dagger right through to the back of my heart. I still have the pain every now and then but I have found a correlation to when I am more physically active. I also feel tired by mid afternoon I need a nap, or I can't function. I am due to go back to work next week and have no idea if I have restrictions or not as the EP/Cardiologist didn't come to see me after the surgery or even the following day, he did however speak to my family right after the surgery and told them that I would have arrythmia for awhile as the heart was in distress over the ablation and this is normal they had to ablate at 17 points. I don't know why he didn't speak to me as I was wide awake and in the same room he did say I did a good job and everything looks good.  The so called pain medication didn't work either for me. I have always had idiosyncracies to medications and I have diabetes so I figure this has had some hand in how my body reacted to the procedure. So although my experience has been not such a great one over all. I would do it again, and again if necessary. Before the surgery I would collapse at the drop of a hat and then go into Vtach. call an ambulance and it would stop before they got to me. This went on for about 3 weeks before they were able to catch it before it resolved on its own. Then they put me into CCU in the hospital put me on beta blockers to take until a week before surgery. I questioned the DR. about the beta blockers as they only have a shelf life of 12 hours. So why do I need to stop taking them 7 days before surgery? You see I didn't want to go into VTach and have my heart just stop! Sudden Cardiac Death being the outcome of having SVT was the biggest reason I chose to have the ablation. I know by how I feel that this is going to take some time for my heart to be completely healed, and I will take my time building back up. I have gotten to the point where I can walk 5 miles per day now without feeling winded, but climbing stairs can be an issue for me but not all the time. I can walk into my kitchen and not collapse now, I''m knocking on wood, I have met alot of people that didn't have any success with the ablation, so I am thankful for how I feel so far. Goodluck everyone, and remember to think that this is a second chance and it's a gift, to have the opportunity to fix this issue is amazing . I still have some pvcs, but if this is all I have I will be thankful and appreciative. Oh ya I almost forgot before this experience I smoked, drank coffee, tea, soda, and had a stressful job. Not anymore!! I've chosen to change my lifestyle and enjoy everyday as it might be my last. Better outlook on life
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If you are having pain or discomfort that is not controllable, talk to your doctor!

If you are afraid, by all means, come here and share your fears and concerns, but talk to your doctor if you are frightened and need to know what to do to correct the problem!

While we can relate our experiences and share suggestions, we are not your cardiologist or EP!  (Well, maybe someone here IS, but I doubt many are, if any at all -- does a doctor monitor this forum?)

Obviously, few of us are medically trained, and we do not know your medical history.  I think we are here for moral support and sharing ideas and experiences, not dispensing medical advice.

If you are unhappy with your doctor, see what you can do about seeing a different one.  And I cannot reiterate enough how VERY VERY important it is to find an EP who is EXPERIENCED, EXPERIENCED and MORE EXPERIENCED, one who does ablations regularly and often, not a few here and there!  Research online, if need be -- do your homework; it's YOUR BODY you're talking about here!

I am more than happy to chat, by phone or email, with anyone who wants an understanding ear. Just let me know...

Warmest regards,
Debb
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I am going in for an abalation surgery in 2 days, I have wpw and I'm a little nervous. I'm a healthy 22yr old male with zero underlying conditions. I have a regular BP and when I'm not in SVT I have a fairly regular heart rate (other than the episodes of skipping beats). I really hope my surgery is successful - I've always been able to snap back from injuries, and I know I'm a fast healer, at one point a few years ago I came down with the swine flu - and I had it for a matter of hours ~ I had a blood test that confirmed that I had the antibodies, in the midst of trying to get all my heart blood work done.
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Dear Robin,
I was just reading about your husband's ablation and am so concerned for you!  My hubby is scheduled for an ablation on 3/11/13 and I am scared to death for him after reading all of these posts.  My hubby is 56 and has Afib.  I am not completely convinced that an ablation is the way to go, but he seems to want to move forward with it.

I am so hopeful that your husband was able to work through his problems and he is healthy.  Can you please give me an update?  It sounds like you went through a terrible nightmare!
Hugs to you....
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8 days out of my CA and feel good just pretty weak my biggest problem is
I feel like there is something caught in my throat sometimes especially late
in the day, kind of like the feeling if swallowed to many large pills at once,
anyone else had this problem, called doc he said should get better would
be more concerned if i had chest pain and fever, just wondering if the
throat sensation is common.
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I am a week post PVI ablation and have been having difficulties swallowing food. Back of my throat seems to be a little "mucousy" too. I get some pain which is in the chest area moving through to the back at precisely the same point but this passes after a few minutes. No other major problems and feel generally a lot better since the procedure but am wondering if the esophagus could be inflamed in our cases?
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hey im having one done next wednesday how long does this procedure take
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I had cath ablation a month ago for SVT.  I felt tired and had chest pain and pain in my back the first few days and also palpitations and my heart kept feeling like I was going to get into v tach but it never got in it.  I was put on Metoprolol 25mg twice a day for 4 weeks.  I've been off the Metoprolol 4 days now and I'm feeling just like I did right after surgery.  The EP says  Metoprolol can mask these symptoms so I have to be off of it and see how my heart is really doing.  I have to wear a heart monitor for the next 21 days to see what my heart is doing.  How long is it until I feel good again?  I had two episodes of SVT that sent me to ER to be cardioverted with drugs.  When does the chest pain and tightness stop?  When will I feel good again?  I thought I was doing good until they took the med away and now I feel bad all over again.
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I had my ablation done 3 days ago and I'm having soreness and tenderness in my chest especially when I lay flat!!! Hope normal !! My groin is very sore and tended!!! I'm 24 year old female I worked out 3 days a week up until I called 911 a week ago my heart rate was 243 when ambulance arrived!!! I'm praying this works and I never have to go through that pain again!!! Hope you all well
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I just had an ablation on Thurs. procedure went well and cardiologist is very optimistic, but since the procedure I have a severe weight on my chest, feels like a tennis ball in my throat, and am exhausted with any real movement. I have other heart issues including vasospasms of the arteries to the heart, but those are typically under control with 50mg of atenelol. Not sure if I should be concerned by the feeling of lack of oxygen is really scary. Hope this is just a minor setback, and things settle down soon
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I had ablation in July and feel worse,I have laboured breathing,I can't lie on my left side or lie flat I was so bad I was sent for a broncoscpy as they thought I might have lung cancer.I was told this would improve my quality of life instead I feel worse
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I've been having the same issues and when I take deep breaths in I cough and develope phlegm, it also hurts to swallow . I constantly feel tightness and pressure in my chest and frequent flutters. It's been a week already after my ablation and I still have minimal soreness in my groin area. And from time to time toward my ribs and back I get excruciating sharp pains to the point where I start crying in agony.  And I had an episode the same day I left the hospital. I got home n was tired so I went to bed but woke up because of a constant pounding in my chest. I put on my oximetry and it read my HR as 132 just from being asleep. And then it kept going up in down between the 90's and 100's... What do you think?
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And also my surgeon from the hospital spoke to my cardiologist and they are putting an event monitor on me again. The electrodes irritate/bruise my skin and cause rashes and itchiness. I've also developed pain in my spine,neck and one of my knees. My spin n knee make cracking noises and my body aches. And I feel tired all the time and weak. It even hurts to bend since I have soreness in my groin area. Ironically the surgeon went through both legs. I "had" Wolff parkinson white syndrome and had 2 extra electrical pathways. One on the left n the other on the right.
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While I am certainly not a doctor, I did have an ablation for AF (one episode lasted for 9 days!).  

I had chest pain/fullness a day or 2 after the procedure, if I recall correctly (it was over 3-1/2 yrs ago). I went into hospital and they found fluid in my chest.  The gave me something by IV (a diuretic maybe?) and that helped.

Also, my heart rate jumped up and they checked it.  As an aside, I was told, PRIOR to the procedure, that heart rate is usually higher after an ablation.  And not temporarily either.

All the best,
Debb
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From Canada here:
: had my ablation 10 days ago (Jan 8).  My Atrial Flutter was definitely interfering with my life.  It would wake me at night, was getting more and more frequent and was having ER visits with cardioversion.  My cardiologist recommended this and it has a success rate of 95%.  I feel great except for some mild pain/achiness in the chest.  My resting heart rate is now around 65, significantly lower than pre-ablation.  I am also sleeping much better.  My doctor fully explained the risks and it sounds like many of the people writing here fall in the 5%.  The success stories generally aren't looking for a forum on this issue.  Part of the standard routine with my doctor is that a holter monitor goes on one week post-op and I see him on day 12.  He did advise that it can take 3 months for the heart to heal and that it is not abnormal to experience some discomfort in that time.  I was wondering how long some people suffered with the chest pain.  Unlike someone wrote above, we Canadians have every right to seek a second opinion and I have over past health issues, you do not have to go to whoever they give you.  You can ask your family doctor to refer you to someone else or even at a clinic.  I did not have any wait list to see a specialist.  After my first ER visit, I was referred by ER and saw my doctor within 4 days!  Pretty good, in my mind!  I agree that it is important to find a specialist or family physician that you are comfortable with and confident about!  Good luck to all - be patient with your recovery and treat yourself well.  I know I am glad to have had this done!  
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the approach you are describing is a transseptal puncture which gives the EP access to the left atrium from the right atrium.  this is primarily used for Afib, left sided pathways (WPW) and lefty flutters.  the foramen ovale, area thats accessed, can remain open or patent (PFO) from birth.   this approach is suboptimal but negates the risks associated with the puncture.
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Hi Everyone,

Any help is appreciated. Our 8-year old had SVT last year that put him in the ER twice during school. Ablation was recommended by everyone we spoke with. Three days ago the procedure took place, with an "easy" RF ablation on the right lower side, and then another (very small we're told) cyro-ablation treatment near the AV node. From the start, we said we didn't want to risk anything unusual at this age, and that was agreed to. Still, they cyro-ablated near the AV given that there was no block at any point during testing. Then after being done for some seconds, a block occurred. The doctor says cyro-ablation for SVT is not known for creating a block. But it's been three days and we're very worried. Had anyone had experience with a transient cyro-ablation block, and how long did it take to resolve? I've read of some cases online, but wonder if I can find more...

Our son is doing okay at home. His pulse is sporadic, though, and he gets short of breath with activity, but that seems common with many people in the first days or even weeks. Today seems to be a bit better than yesterday (when he had a few dizzy moments, which seem to mostly be missing today, thank goodness). He doesn't seem to have any other pain (which seems lucky given all the posts here).

We're praying. I disliked the idea of this procedure on anyone, let alone a child, but everyone was persuasive, the statistics are good, and we were with someone with 20 years experience; my wife really wanted to get it done sooner rather than later to give him a better life. I pray that is still a possibility. Thank you.  
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How are you feeling now?  I had my heart ablation 4 days ago. I've been having tightness and pressure in my chest, how long does this last?
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How are you feeling now?  I had my heart ablation 4 days ago. I've been having tightness and pressure in my chest, how long does this last?
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Is he having the same symptoms as before the ablation?  It seems as though they backed away from the cause of the SVT because of the heart block.  Testing itself doesn't cause or reveal heart block, only therapy such as cryo or radio frequency ablation.  

I hope he's doing better since.  Is he having SVT or low heart rates?  The heart block would have resolved in the lab or else a pacemaker would have been implanted if it had not.  Transient heart block is not uncommon, especially in the pediatric patient because they are working in a very small space.  They sometime try again from a further location to the AV node.

My nephew had a similar ablation last summer and it was successful.  In the months prior I noticed that he was very conscious of his SVT.  I don't fault you for wanting to take care of this early.  
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I'm a 60 year old male and was treated for a fib with cryoablation on 5/20/2014. I have been recovering for two weeks now. On occasion I get an electric like shock across my heart after or during light exercise. Followed by an extreme loss of energy. I come right back feeling well and ready to go after fifteen minutes to a half hour or so. On a brighter note it is happening less and less and I am getting stronger compared to where I was before my cryo. I am continuing my med, 200 MSG of amiodarone twice a day. 300 MSG of diltiazem once a day. 5 mgs of warfarin a day depending on my INR. In the months to come I hope to be taken off the amiodarone and warfarin. Just side note on the amiodarone, it is a powerful wicked nasty drug and I hate it, but it most likely saved my life. I wish more people would share their experiences here or other places about cryoablation.
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