I'm a twenty two year old male and I have been diagnosed with WPW. I've had one occurrence of an SVT and it was very scary for me. I thought I was going to die right there. I had a few ECGs done, a 4 lead and 12 lead, I've had an echo, and two holter monitors done. i want to give some back story about myself before I continue one with the rest of my WPW findings. I'm very active college student. Im a call firefighter and EMT. I was planning on leaving for the USCG this January before they found this heart rhythm thing out. When I found this out and knew I wouldn't be joining the USCG at least until I had the ablation done I was devastated, im still very upset about the whole thing.
I'm suppose to go for the ablation on Jan 6th so a little more than two weeks away. I've gone to see the doctor whos suppose to preform the op and she gave me another ECG and told me about the ablation. i'm going to see the anesthesiologist in a few days. I'm just very nervous about the procedure all together. I've read people have died from it, I've read people are still recovering after a year and i'm just getting freaked out. is it normal for me to be so paranoid about the whole thing? I don't really have anyone who can relate with this sort of thing so I came here to find others who have gone through this procedure. Thank you.
Cardiac ablations for accessory pathway svts are fairly safe. I had one done and though it did take quite a while for my heart to settle down I wasn't restricted from activity in any way. It was more of an annoyance for me than anything else. SVT in general is considered a benign condition in a healthy heart. WPW is considered slightly more risky than the type I had, avnrt because it includes extra tissue between both the atria and ventricles but it is only a more complicated ablation if they have to go to the left side of the heart for the ablation. I was informed that might even happen with mine but it didn't. If you want to read about my ablation you can click on my name and read my journal entry. I was absolutely terrified to have it done and then when it was over I was just about kicking myself for getting so worked up about it. It really isn't as big a deal as the anticipation for it is. So just try to stay calm and keep in mind the odds of there being any complications are very slim. The biggest worry would likely be them not being able to ablate due to the pathway being too close to something vital but that is also pretty rare. So keep faith you will be on your way to joining the USCG in no time. I would say get your doctor involved in giving you the all clear as soon as possible when it is all done. Take care, best of luck and keep us posted on how you are. I will send good thoughts your way on the 6th. Stay strong.
Thank you very much for responding. I am going to read through your journal entires and hopefully gain some composure. Hopefully that left side thing and the pacemaker don't happen to me. Also i hope i end up kicking myself over being so worked up about this. Heart things are very scary, as im sure everyone here knows.
When you meet with the anesthesiologist, ask him how sedated you're going to be. I had mine under general anesthesia so I remember nothing past getting onto the cath lab table. I had a type of AVRT of which WPW is. My ablation was on the left side, but I avoided the transseptal puncture as I had a congenital condition that allowed the catheter to be passed from the right to left atria the an unsealed septal wall. While looking forward to eliminating a life long condition, I was pretty terrified. But I got hit with a syringe of Vallium just before going down and was pretty much out of it when they rolled me into the lab. After propping my arms I'm a comfortable position but clear of the operating area, a mask was placed over my face to breath pure O2. They hit the port with what I think waspropofol, and that was it.....
I awoke to my electrophysiologist peering into my eyes, and giving me a thumbs up. "Should have seen me a looong time ago.", he said. "That won't be giving you any more problems.". That was the day I got my life back. You know.... at twenty-two I had such great athletic possibilities in front of me. I missed the pinnacle of two sports because of SVT. I missed flight school, and the service entirely. My old man was a Navy Captain and pilot, and I longed to follow in his footsteps. You are going to get the opportunity to achieve whatever you put your mind to. I wish I had as a 22 year old young man in 1973, those same opportunities. Look upon i as a technological gift!
Thank you Tom, I've already felt like my military plans have been taken from me due to my eyesight but after along time of fighting I had a waiver granted and now this WPW i'm being struck down again. Those last few sentences really hit me! I dont want to miss out on something I really want to do!
I'm pretty sure i'll be under general anesthesia, my elctrophysiologist asked me if I wanted to be just numbed or have an anesthesiologist come and work on me. I opted to be knocked out completey(even though that scares me too). I enjoy reading success stories about this operation, it reallty does help me.
Hi. The procedure itself is easy. Recovery can be stressful, but getting rid of svt is worth the stress.
You are pretty clear that you would like to hear success stories, as would we all. However, i need to tell you that the risks are real and worth thinking about. Your choices are usually to treat svt with drugs or ablate. You can also choose your doctor and medical facility, and discuss what types of risks you are willing to take with your doctor before the procedure.
You should also understand the risks involved and go into it wirth eyes open.
I have my ablation scheduled for Jan 16 and I completely understand how you feel. I am both nervous and anxious. You have to post your results after the procedure. I will be keeping you in my thoughts tomorrow. It ironic that I found your post the day before your procedure. Best of luck.
Noticed today is the 6th. Thinking about u today and sending good thoughts and prayers. Do come let us know how you are and what you thought about the process.
Best wishes for a successful procedure and symptom free days in ur future!
First id like to thank you guys for your continued support. It means a lot and it'll help with my recovery. Kndfree since my phone won't let me direct this comment to you I'll settle for this. I was very nervous about the whole thing. I kept thinking I wasn't going to wake up from the operation. As soon as I went under I was back up! Saying to myself " who stole my glasses!?" I came back to ten minutes after they took me off. Just stay positive! You'll do great!
I got general anesthesia and when I came to I felt sick to my stomach it was awful, I ended up forcing myself to puke and I felt 100 times better! I still have a headache now though and I'm eating slowly. I'm exhausted right now so rest will be your best friend. I woke up at 430 am got to the hospital by 615 prepped and into survey by 8 out by 12 and on my way home by 5. I would have went home earlier if I wasn't so sick from the anesthesia. I didn't sleep much the night before and I wish I did now hahah.
Now for my surgery , I didn't die I don't have a pacemaker I'm just as I was when I went in. My extra bundle is right on my av node so they couldn't ablate it. Very disappointing , my doctor did say she couldn't get it to react and believes I'm going to be fine! So that's good. I'm wearing a thirty day monitor thing and then they'll go from there!
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