As some of you know i was diagnosed with SVT 7 months ago. I also suffer from pvcs.
I am due to have an ablation in 3 weeks and as you can imagine i'm very very very nervous and scared.
I recently spoke to another svt sufferer who has had a successful ablation. She said something to me that has made me have second thoughts about the procedure. As my svt attacks are infrequent she thinks that the EP won't be able to trigger the svt during the EP study and instead the problem will become worse.
Is there anyone who has found that an ablation attempt has made their arrhythmias worse?
Is there any success stories?
What's the procedure actually like? Is it very painful?
Is there anyone who required a pacemaker after the ablation?
And....(I've just got to ask..) Does anyone know of anyone who has died during the procedure??
i had a succesful ablation for svt about two years ago. i have not had any issues with svt since, but i believe my pvcs/pacs emerged after the ablation. i think i would take the pvcs over svt though. i developed svt after the birth of my litle girl and it progressed pretty quickly. first i would experience a fast heart rate for a couple minutes once or twice a week, than it was everyday, thank it was for hours and hours. while having the ablation they clocked my heart at 210 bpm. the ablation itself didnt seem like that big of a deal, mine lasted for a few hours (hard to remember now). my ep had trouble bc my heart was so out of control. the whole experience was pretty interesting and not painful at all. for me, the worst part was laying still for a few hours after the procedure. they went in thru my femoral artery and they have you lay on your back after the procedure to make sure the artery heals properly. i was up and around the next day and very happy to not have a fast heart rate. ablations for svt have a high succes rate so i would recommend it. find a good ep who has done many procedures and dont worry about the ablation, its a piece of cake. -betsy
since you have svt, (avnrt if i remember correctly?) they most likely will not be touching the node, so you really shouldnt worry yourself about a pacemaker
if your doctor was not confident he could produce the svt, he probably wouldnt suggest the ablation... yes its true it cant always be reproduced... but AVNRT is notoriously easy to enduce and ablate... stop worryin! :) you're gonna do awesome
you will likely not remember much, if any of the procedure.. the only part i found slightly painful was not moving for almost 7 hours... the risks involved are less than 1% ... the odds are heavily in your favor.. try to rest and relax and give your body a break before the procedure... its too bad they cant do it sooner.. my doctor set me an appointment within a week of the decision to do the ablation, i didnt have too much time to worry, im thankful for that now.. The ablation set me free and i hope it does you as well.. keeping you in my prayers, please update us on your progress.
Thanks for sharing your story with me. My svts are very infrequent. In the past 7 months i have had 2 episodes. One which lasted for over an hour. How frequent are your pvcs/pacs since the ablation?
Collegegirl: Hi there! Yes my EP believes it is AVNRT. At the moment i'm thinking is ablation the route i should take considering my episodes are not that frequent? How often were you having svt episodes before you considered the ablation? Do you have frequent pvcs/pacs as a result of the ablation?
The thing that really pushed me towards having the ablation was that i want to have a baby soon and don't want to have svts during my preganancy. Also my EP told me that with AVNRT svt there is always a chance of the svt leading to AFIB even if your heart is structurally normal
i was having frequent svt's.. daily to say the least, however for some reason they where hard episodes to catch for awhile.. My actual number of palps went down extremely since the ablation, even though my ablation was solely for avnrt, and now the palps that i do have, i dont feel them, whatsoever.. i feel maybe one or two in a 3 months period.... Your reason for considering ablation is a valid one... Even if you are one of the more rare cases where the avnrt can not be reproduced, the ablation can still give you quite a bit of peace.. After i had mine, when my EP who i literally, trust with my life, couldnt push me into the dreaded vt, or vfib ( i knew i didnt have these problems but my mind, kept telling me to be scared) It finally made me sit up and say to myself, well, if my doctor cant MAKE me produce that arrhythmia, then what are the chances of me doing it on my own? im sure you can follow my thought proccess on that
I had an ablation in October 2006. It was only partial successfully, ablated only one atrial tach; but even though there were many more - my EP said they couldn't be sustained long enough to ablate. Since the ablation, my tachycardia has significantly improved, but my beta blockers have also been increased from 25 mg once daily to twice daily. My PVC's/PAC's have significantly increased. Before the ablation I had 139 PVC's and 1060 PAC's (during 24 hour holter); last month I had another 24 holter which showed over 3500 PVC's and almost 3900 PAC's. Which are very aggravating. I know they're benign, but I had a 40% block in the LAD, 80% in a diagnal vein (D1) and some left ventricular hypertrophy. I would still have the ablation and will consider another one if my condition doesn't improve. Good luck to you. Each case is different and the majority have very successful results.
I had an SVT Ablation last Tuesday (06.05.07). I was in and out through the whole thing but I recall something about an extra pathway that was ablated but my doc could still induce the SVTs and he ended up having to 'adjust' my AV node. Yea....that..hurt...BUT you are sadated so even though you know its happening once you come down off the sedative its like no biggie. Least thats how it was with me. I requested only mild sedative so perhaps had I been under the full dosage I might not have felt as much of that AV mod as I did.
I was having SVTs and PVCs. I have PVCs constantly but you think my doctor could induce them while I was on the table? Nope LOL Course (as I said in another post) right as he had the caths almost all the way out of me THEN I had one on my own!!! :p
Anyway, Im feeling pretty good now. Ive lived in Florida since I was 12 years old and Ive NEVER had a tolerance for the heat. And the older Im getting the worse its getting. Yesterday I was outside trimming up one of my HUGE Agavis (really cool plant) and of course I know its warm out but about halfway through the job I realized the heat was not bothering me in the slightest. That was a pleasant surprise. I found out later it was 93 degrees out with a heat index of 104F and I was barely working up a sweat and felt great all through it. I never would have thought the electrical problem I had with my heart could have been causing my heat intolerance all these years!!!! But it sure seems to have been the cause. I used to always sweat a lot when I was out running errands and I always thought it was the heat issue. Im not sweating excessively now at all. So weird. Where as before I always could fell my heart pound even when I wasnt having an episode, its now beating like it should and really isnt noticeable unless I 'listen' for it. I am still getting PVCs/palps but they are far less frequent now and not as forceful (for the most part) as they used to be. So even though my wonderful doctor couldnt induce them to find the location to stop them, just doing what he did for the SVTs seems to have helped the PVC issue.
I will know on the 22nd of this month when I got for my follow up with my doc if the ablation was considered a total success. So far I say it has although, I must admit if I stand up too fast or take a few deep breaths in a row, I do get a slight bit lightheaded now...not sure whats causing that but my hearts beating fine and I feel pretty damn good!!!!! ^_^ Id do it all over again in a heartbeat to feel as well as I do now.
HI- i just had an ablation about a year ago, I am so glad i did it!!! You do feel your heart jumping around in your chest a bit for a few months afterward. My SVT was such a problem in my life. I was running half marathons and my heart would just start racing so fast- over 200 bpm - but now there is nothing going on. I have so much more energy. I'm really glad I decided not to stay on the beta blockers for treatment as they made me feel like a walking zombie. FYI: the stuff you read on the internet about these things is such bogus! Stop reading anything unless it is on a hospital's website or from your doctor.
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