Ive received two different ablations in the last two years, one for SVT and the other PVCs, NSVT, bigeminy. I have a structurally normal heart.
Im 23 years old and finally found relief from these pesky beats! I wanted to hopefully give some insight and share my experience:
- beta-blockers: Ok. This medication did help but it wasn't enough, I wanted my heart back. The betas just merely quieted the PVCs and my existent it seemed like. Im an athletic person and enjoy feeling my heart pump through my body, in a healthy way, makes me feel alive, warm and happy. The blockers just made me feel cold and depressed. So i tried just taking them when I needed them, not everyday, when I needed them everyday. That was hard. The PVCS were much worse than dealing with the side affects of beta blockers.
-Anxiety & Depression - There is really something to be said about the correlation between these issues and the body. Some sort of build up or maybe a predisposition. Theres not enough study.
-Menstrual Cycle- The PVCs always worsened 10 days before my period.
-Fleccinide - Refused to take this
- Ep study then abaltion: Mind you that I had to beg my doctor to let me do this for my PVCs... saying that I took all the medications and it didnt work. I knew the risks, but I didnt care I wanted to get rid of these because I couldn't live my life with these. I went through the EP study and thats when my heart went almost quiet! The doc came out from the study room and told me that she would be shooting in the dark if they went through with the ablation. We sat there for a moment, I still wanted to do it. Moments later my heart started doing its beautiful thing and they were able to map out the ectopic s better. They went through with the ablation, I was awake the whole time....It was so hard, but I felt brave and wanted this more than anything.
Of course anything invasive is dangerous, and may not be for everyone. It worked for me, my PVCs are lessened to maybe one or two and month, and that is cake to what I was dealing with before!
Glad to hear the ablations worked. I go tomorrow to a new EP for a 2nd opinion for my peace of mind about surgery, so it helps ease my mind to know the surgery works and maybe easier than I thought.
I have to have surgery, not any question about it - they tried to get me in a few days after my initial cardio consult. Now my symptoms are getting worse (if they can do that with the amount I have) so I've been reading as much as I can about the procedure and successes.
I can't wait to have a "normal" heartbeat again :) also
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