Aa
A
A
Close
Blank
Avatar universal
Oblation Sugury
I had oblation surgury a year ago (may 2008), I still have arial fib.  Apparentlly it was unsuccessful.  I am with the VA and went to Indiannoplis for a check up.. I wa informed that my heart was in a-fib rythm.  They gave  me three alternatives.  Have ablation surgury again,  Be shocked or take a pill called dofetilide.  I also went to see a cardiologist to get another opinion.  He told me to just take the medicine and live with it.  I cannnot dicide which way to go.  Any subjections.  Thank  you
Cancel
3 Answers
3 Answers
Page 1 of 1
612551 tn?1450025775
If you heart is otherwise healthy, valves, chambers (size) and arteries, then an electrocardioversion may work.  It has worked for me in the past, not permanently, but for up to 18 months...albeit I had to take Propafenon after the electrocardioversion.

A second ablation may be reasonable if you cardiologist/EP thinks there's chance.  That too depends on the health of your heart... I assume you've had at least on echocardiogram.

Most of us take medication first, then electrocardioversion, then ablation.  That is we stop along the way on anything that works.  Ablation has the most risk in the above sequence.
Comment
Cancel
612551 tn?1450025775
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Thank you for your comment I have be on medicine, since 04.  They had me on amiodurone.  But after a couple a year it started messing up on my other organs. MY thyroid and eyes.  So they took me off and then I had oblation surgury.  They told me that the second time usually has a better chance of working.  
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Avatar universal
Dofetilide, also know as Tikosyn,  is a fairly new medication and has been quite successful for many patients keeping AFib in check.  You do, however, have to load on to the medication in a hospital setting for a minimum of three days.  Having a second ablation will not necessarily rid you of AFib as I can attest.  I have had 3 ablations and I still have AFib.  

Living with AFib is an arduous task at times.  Are you on coumadin?
ksig
Comment
Cancel
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Submit Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Submit Answer
A
A
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551 tn?1450025775
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1807132 tn?1318747197
Blank
MichelleP_3811
Chicago, IL
995271 tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
1423357 tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
Avatar f tn
Blank
CFS56
12492606 tn?1459877633
Blank
researcher09
CA
Recent Activity
370181 tn?1428180348
Blank
RubyWitch I am no longer accepting HI... Comment
4 hrs ago
1236893 tn?1408490528
Blank
463897 tn?1448485050
Blank
MH Community Mgr commented on Bubulous's status
May 03
Heart Rhythm Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488 tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543 tn?1443740527
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
01/15 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGD, FICCMOBlank
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551 tn?1450025775
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1807132 tn?1318747197
Blank
MichelleP_3811
Chicago, IL
995271 tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
1423357 tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
Avatar f tn
Blank
CFS56
12492606 tn?1459877633
Blank
researcher09
CA