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PVC's after ablation

My husband recently went through a cardiac catheter ablation...his 2nd attempt finally produced arrhythmia's in the lab, and the dr was able to ablate 2 locations.  Within 2 hours after the completion of his procedure, the PVC's began...and became very frequent.  Sometimes as close together as every other beat.  This has continued and remained at this frequency and we are now about 31 hours post ablation.  His dr prescribed metoprolol XL, which did nothing to help the situation today, so has changed to Rythmol.  My husband has the misfortune of being able to feel every flutter, PVC, pause,  everything--which we've been told is rare, most people who experience them don't even know they're happening--makes me wonder if many patients have this post-ablation and just do not know it.  I've read that some people after ablations do experience palpitations or PVC's or abnormal rhythms that eventually decrease over a few weeks, that sometimes meds are needed then tapered off and all is well....but I've also read that sometimes these things persist despite a "successful" ablation procedure.  At this point, we're looking for how common is it to experience this?
What time frame can the PVC's persist?  How often is medication needed temporarily then taper?  Can they be occurring because of needing to heal after the ablation?  Are they only occurring because there is an un-ablated area causing disturbance?  Does anyone know a good resource to locate more info on the subject?  (Many places I've searched only comment on the wound site and chest discomfort post-op, not the rhythm after affects).    
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I had an ablation on 6/10. Yesterday I got an EKG at my cardios office. I had PVCs. I Dr said they were not life threatening. I am on 100 mg metoporlol twice a day and have been for years. I guess I have to live with the PVCs.

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I had an ablation for PVCs, and six weeks later a Holter showed 6000 PVCs in a 24 hours period.  I was thrilled since prior to that I was having more than 20,000.  Doctor performed a second procedure for an entirely different area in my heart and I only have occasional PVCs now.  However, 6 weeks after the second procedure, I was in bigeminy (PVC every other beat) for about 6 hours.  I remember because it was Christmas Eve : )
Does the cardio think it will settle down?  What was the ablation for?
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hi
i had a ablation for svt 12mths ago and before that i did not feel any pvcs and while i had the pathway ablated i was left from the night after the ablation with pvcs .i still have them all the time .my cardio thinks i had them before just did not notice them and they started going into runs {svt} i am going for a another study in a few weeks to see if they can ablate again cause i am having runs again.
it can take a while for the heart to settle down and heal after the ablation esp if he was on meds before.i was on a lot of meds before mine and all were stopped straight away and i think it did not help me
i know for me they say the rhythm or electrial side of things is trying to go the route it was going when it went into a svt run and because that area is now blocked partly i get pvcs if that make sence.i find it confusing.i will say after my ablation after a couple of weeks things did settle down and altough i now have the pvcs and sometimes svt run it is not as bad as it was.
give it time
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My PVC's became worse after my ablation for SVT back in January.  They were almost constant and worse at night.  I felt them all the time and while unnerving, was able to ignore them for the most part.   I was told to expect this while my heart healed.  After 6 weeks I thought the PVC's would settle down a little but they didn't and some times were worse than others.

It's now been close to 6 months and I can now honestly say that I have finally started to feel better - been two weeks and that's the longest I've gone without a set-back.  I'm now in sinus rhythm more than I'm in arrhythmia.  As strange as it sounds, it feels weird to be feeling normal again.

Does your husband have a follow-up appointment with the EP?  Maybe it would be a good idea for him to discuss what he should expect post-procedure.
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I haven't been on for awhile....I think post-ablation we just had to take a step back from things and let him heal, and take a mental break from being submerged in arrythmia "shop talk".  I've been reading and reading, and it seems like you have been through a ton with your arrythmia's, etc.

Were you ever on anxiety meds?  If so, did they cause any PVC's?  

My husband is about 5 weeks post-ablation...he's still taking Rhythmol 225 mg twice daily per EP's instruction.  He's supposed to start weaning down to 1, then two weeks later down to 0 to see if it worked.  But since he's still having PVC's he's wondering if he should bother?  Could it be they will eventually still go away unmedicated?

He had the ablation for NSVT, and MANY pvc's, at times was in bigeminy or however you spell that word...every other beat....
His EP felt confident the 2 places they ablated were the source of his NSVT and PVC's....he kept feeling little half-palp's post-procedure, which sounded like a good thing...as it heals it's relearning a new pathway, and it can still try the old one but be unsuccessful.

They're full PVC's, sometimes many in a day, sometimes none.  But there are few days that say 0 on the calendar, so most often they're still there....

Have you experienced this?  Has anyone else or does anyone know of anyone else who it took more than a month post-ablation to get the PVC's to go away?  

Searching for answers....of course the EP reminds him he has a choice...if he can't live with palps we can medicate (which he's doing now but still having them, so we'd up the dosage back to what he was at BEFORE the ablation), do nothing and he deals with how annoying and disruptive they are, or try the ablation again.

Oh, and they're worse in the heat and while he's walking and talking at the same time...any ideas?

Thanks a million
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Welcome back "LovedOneSuffers",

We absolutely understand your choice to back away from arrhythmia "shop talk".  In can be all-consuming for sure...

I have taken anti-anxiety meds and although, they do not suppress the PVCs, they offer a calming effect.  It is more of a band-aid than a treatment, so I am/was careful not to rely too much on them.  I take 1/2 of a .25mg tablet of Xanax as needed and find it helpful. I no longer have frequent PVCs, but there are times, like when I travel by air, when they may kick up a bit. For those times, I can take the Xanax.  In my case, the medication does not cause PVCs.

It is not unusual for the PVCs to take months to settle down. I was told I could take a beta blocker when I needed/wanted post-ablation.  Your husband's heart has been irritated by the poking and prodding, and it will take some time for it to heal.  

My ablations were also for frequent PVCs, NSVT.  Did his doctor mention the possibility of additional procedures? I was multi-focal and I knew it might take more than one procedure.  I ended up with 2 ablations and it has made a world of difference.  Yep, it's bigeminy (you got it right...) and I can recall being in bigeminy for 6 hours on Christmas Eve (my 2nd procedure was 11/7) and shortly after that they settled down for good. (The first ablation was 8/1)

Is he still having very frequent PVCs?  Has he worn a monitor to try and capture the actual frequency?  

Yes, I had PVCs for a couple of months post ablation.  After the first one, I had daily (frequent) PVCs.  After the second, it lasted a couple months.  "Sueinns" (posted above) had PVCs for about 6 months.  Try not to get discouraged....You might want to check with the doc about a monitor so you can quantify the activity.

Connie  

Searching for answers....of course the EP reminds him he has a choice...if he can't live with palps we can medicate (which he's doing now but still having them, so we'd up the dosage back to what he was at BEFORE the ablation), do nothing and he deals with how annoying and disruptive they are, or try the ablation again.

Oh, and they're worse in the heat and while he's walking and talking at the same time...any ideas?

Thanks a million
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Sorry to hear that, I had an ablation a couple weeks ago and I feel better than I have in years. I feel an occasional PVC but my doc said that is normal.
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HOORAY!!  I'm so glad you continue to feel well!!  Isn't life grand?  

Remember how frightened you were?  Worth it, right?

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I have had occasional SVT all my life.  I am 47 YO WF with asthma and chronic allergies.  The asthma will kick in an SVT, and sometimes into A-Fib.  I just spent 12 hours in A-fib at the hospital.  My blood clotting time was normal, but they put me on a thinner as a precaution.  They tried a calcium blocker, which made me crash 90/50 (not a pleasant experience); they tried beta blockers after that, to no avail.  I reset on my own.  I have had a couple bouts of A-fib before, but thought it was just another part of SVT, until I was told otherwise this time.  Am also in a severe allergic state at this point.  My skin presented to allergist dehydrated and have been put on a regimen of medications and creams, baths, etc.  Asthma is still triggering some SVT, but I can usually vagal them away.  Longest SVT has been 10 minutes.  Longest A-fib was the recent 12 hour bout.  Echo showed a healthy heart, valves, etc.  I have pitting edema, but no known hepatic cause.  My liver, kidney and other functions are actually in great shape too.  The SVT and A-fib are genetic, as are the allergies.  Prior to presenting to hospital, my primary care put me on a water pill, and I think that threw my body into its allergic state it is in now.  The asthma is triggering the SVT's; and the SVT's can trigger the A-fib.  My blood pressure goes up with asthma - 138/84 to 140/88, but normally it is 110/74 or thereabouts.  Is there an absolute answer for me, except to get my asthma under control.  I am scheduled to take allergy testing in less than 2 weeks now.  I do intend to take shots if that is what they say I need.  I will do anything to avoid ablation or cardioversion if I can, as I have read enough of the good and bad on these subjects.  Any thoughts?

Thank you, Christine
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Your history seems sounds similar to mine. Think of SVT like an umbrella. Afib is a form of SVT as is AVNRT,AVRNT, WPW, Sinus Tach etc...these are all forms of SVT. They all occur in the upper 2 chambers, above the ventricles.

Asthma can trigger you to go into SVT as can some of the medications used to treat it. DId your Dr put you on any other medication besides the blood thinner for rhythm or rate control?

I noticed that you separate SVT from Afib. If you have had both, do you know what for of SVT you have? Have you ever had an EPS (electrophysiology study)

I have had both cardioversion and ablation procedures. Medications can be used to treat symptoms but are no guarantee to prevent recurrance. Along with taking medication come the many possible side effects as well. It is that old double edged sword. The only way to be assured of increasing your chances that you don't have anymore SVT would require an EPS with possible ablation (if they are able to pinpoint the focal area sending the crazy signal)

If you have any other questions, don't hesitate to ask:)
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Hi! I am in a dilemma and would appreciate your advice. I have had a history of cardiomyopathy and frequent PVC's (20-30,000). I have tried all the available meds incuding a new one, Multaq, this past year. I haven't been feeling great and figured it wasn't working, today I had an echo and I am in bigeminy (sp?). My regular cardiologist and I decided it is time to have an ablation. He contacted a Dr. at Mayo, but I found out they are not in my network. I was wondering if you would tell me the name of the Dr. that did your ablation. I  have multi-foca lPVC's and the other Drs. in my city aren't expereinced in that area. Thank you very much for any help you can provide. Also, I believe you said you had two ablations, how far apart were they? Thanks again! Mary
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Hi i read your post....i had my ablation 3 years ago for a number of things...one was a fib the other was SVT....and yep i went thru what your husband did...i am in my mid 50's now and it was a little rough going for the first 6 weeks because my doc said that the heart takes time to revert back and retrain itself because it has been used to for so long going in the bad direction and now it has to re route up over and around until it gets it right.  You have to remember as i always say that it has been poked, prodded and penetrated and is now swollen and it definately will take some time.  Hopefully your loved on isn't in the fail group.....if your heart doc said he was in the 70% or better range relax a little and try to help him by diverting him so that he doesn't let this take over and only concentrate on the bad.  I too was put on a beta blocker for the first 2 months and then was eased off until my doc told me i didn't need them anymore but i chose to stay w. a very low dose of Antenolol just as a safety net and it has worked for me.  The only thing i can say is patience, patience, patience...the docs say that it takes up to 6 months for everything to go back to normal but that they know with in the first 3 months if it is a success or not.  Don't be down hearted because he;s on the meds...most of us were for a while anyway and when i personally hit the 4 month mark all of the PVC's and tach stopped as well as the a fib and i have only had one incident since that i am pretty sure i caused myself....help him...don't let him sit and wait for a bomb to go off which may never will.....go for rides in the car, visit friends, throw a BBQ, do anything but anything that will give him the opportunity to feel every little thing....stay away from quiet places like movies,  if walking is bothering him avoid it.....divert him if you can and keep reassuring him that its too soon to tell...good luck
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Riley1628,

I sent you a private message.   : )
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Good morning!

Did you get my message?  If not, let me know, and I can resend or post it on the forum.
Hope you're having a great day!

Connie
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I had a catheter ablation for AVNRT in December of 2011. It has been 3 months. I am still experiencing PVCS all the time and was just wondering how you are feeling now. Is it really true that it will probably go away some day for good?
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I had an ablation in September for avnrt.  I had a lot of pvcs right afterwards.  They slowly settled down.  I still feel them most days some just a few but others seem to go off more than other days but the farther I get away from the ablation the less I feel them.  My doctor seems to think at some point we will stop feeling them so hang in there.  Depending on how much a person's heart had been through before the ablation is possibly a factor in the time it takes for their ectopics to calm down and or go away.   Take care and keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Thanks. I had the AVNRT for about 25 years. It was really rare until October and it went crazy. I took 12.5 mg of atenolol today and it seems better. The atenolol has however made it hard for me to sleep in the past and I think it may have caused an anxiety attack once. I dont know. I guess I will just wait. I feel better whenever I hear of someone who had them after the ablation and they got better. I just keep thinking it has been 3 months and that seems so long.  apparently its not that long for this sort of thing. My doctors office doesnt tell me anything about it. They dont tell me its normal and that there is a chance that they will go away. I have had to look online to find out that it is common and doesnt always last forever
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I don't know that it is normal or not.  I think it depends.  My doctor claims the ablation didn't cause them.  I know I had them before the ablation but not in the quantity I have them now though I can't say that with absolute certainty because I thought everything I was feeling before the ablation was related to the svt.  I even woke to some sinus tachycardia after drinking one night recently and realized I may have mistaken a few normal sinus tachycardia episodes from dehydration for my svt so until the symptom gets isolated I think it is easy to not see it for what it was.  My doctor also claims the svt didn't cause the pvcs either.  To be honest I don't know what to believe but going on 7 months I really don't feel them as intensely.  Your case sounds a lot like mine so hang in there.  I really do think by the time you reach 6 months you will feel better regardless if you ever get totally rid of them.  But do try to do whatever you can to work through any stress they may be causing you because that will definitely bring them on more.  Take care.  
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Thank you fo the information. It really helps
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I have had a couple incidents of palpotations that lasted for like 30 seconds. I am getting my event monitor finally on Tuesday. I am so tired of all this weird new stuff. I also had an episode where I felt my heart beating really fast in my chest, but  my pulse wasnt that fast. Have you ever had anything like that?
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Hi All - I'm new to this board, and have been reading these posts.  I'm a healthy 38 year old who used to work out 4 times a week.  No major health issues ever, until I started having SVT episodes about a year ago.  Saw an EP who recommended an ablation to cure it, which I had done in March of this year.  It was AVNRT.  Since then, no SVTs (thankfully), but a huge increase in PVCs, to the point where they are daily occurrence.  I'm one of those people who feel most, if not all of them.  My EP has claimed that the ablation procedure has nothing to do with the increase in PVCs, that they are two entirely separate things.  I think it's a rather odd coincidence.  I'm beginning to think that the ablation is the cause of these PVCs, since I've never, ever had so many before (once every 3-5 heartbeats when it's bad).  I appreciate the sharing of experiences on this board.  It would be good to hear if these PVCs after ablation go away after a few months.  Perhaps the heart is readjusting, given a pathway was ablated?  I just know that my qualify of life is not better than it was, and it's really making me regret ever having the ablation done.  Thoughts?  Comments?  Thanks all.
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Well, heck, every single cardiac cell membrane (to say nothing of that of every other cell in the body) is an electrical entity depending on a current shift to do its job.  No disrespect to your EP, but to say that physically burning hundreds of cardiac cells would not affect irritabilty or inherent contractility is a tad nuts.

On the bright side, you are only a couple of months out of your procedure and are still healing.  I'd give it a little more time before panicking.
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Thanks for your post.  Was this your experience as well after having an AVNRT ablation?  How long did it take for the PVCs to subside and for you to start feeling like yourself again?  Would like to hear your experience!
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Although I have had PVCs and other minor arrhythmias for decades, I myself have not needed an ablation.  My understanding of cardiac function is based on years of studying anatomy and physiology.

However, a fair number of people on this board have actually had ablations and have described their experiences here.  Many of them describe PVCs for weeks afterward, so you are not alone.  You might find it helpful to run a search for "ablation for AVNRT" to read some of their experiences, and perhaps to communicate with them personally.  A member named Jannie411 has kindly mentioned that she would be happy to answer questions about her own ablation for AVNRT.

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I had my ablation 5 months ago and still get tons of PVCs. My doctor seems to think I will have them I guess always and I will become desensatized to them eventually. I have gotten much better. They do seem to be weaker ones now. The ones I used to have were very forceful. The Stanford University website says many people experience them for several months after an ablation. I hope they do go away all together some day, but not so far.
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Thanks Fitty.  I definitely never experienced PVCs at this rate, which for me are the sensation of skipped beats (I actually know it's a fast beat, and then a pause for about 2 seconds before the next), or an acute awareness that my heart is beating hard.  Mine are probably every 3-10 beats.  I do feel lightheaded at times, or sometimes feel my heart rate speed up and then subside.  Although I've been recorded on monitors, my EP thinks there is no real issue, other than I happen to be someone who feels them quite often.  With all the knowledge about the heart out there, I can't imagine there is no "cure", besides just prescription drugs to make you feel them less.  But that is what it seems.  I'm now 3 months post-ablation for AVNRT/SVT, and am hopeful that the PVCs will subside.  Still really concerned about exercising, which is something I miss dearly.
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I have them as often as you and have actually had runs of bigeminy a lot lately. my EP says they are nothing to worry about and that I need to accept that they are harmless and learn to ignore them. They dont effect me as much as before, but some days they are constant.
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They do ablations for PVCs, but they are less effective than SVT and more risky. I dont take the medacine anymore. It made me feel aweful and I decided if I could just live with them for now I was better off. I am getting better at it. I actually had a 5 day good stretch which was great, but the 3 days of them again. Today has been a good day again so I feel I am getting better now, but it has been almost 6 months.
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I had a "successful" cryoablation for WPW in 2010 at a top notch facility by an experienced Dr. I like and have faith in. The delta wave disappeared and I was pronounced "cured". However, post-ablation I began experiencing PVCs that significantly interfered with my life in such a way as to be worse than the occasional WPW induced PSVT episodes, most of which lasted a few minutes and stopped when I lay down and valsalvaed, none of which ever lasted longer than an hour and for which I never needed to be cardioverted via meds or paddles. My PVCs are currently 5,000 to about 12,000 per day and leave me fatigued, light headed, short of breath and extremely frustrated.

While PVCs are generally benign in those with functional hearts, no heart disease and no other health problems, they are known to occasionally cause Cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart and lowered Ejection Fractions, that can result in serious complications. Most PVCs WILL "calm" down after ablation, but I have seen several EP specialists who are aware that in some patients, PVCs continue to be a problem long after the procedure.

My EP says tests they ran suggest that my persistent PVCs are the result of a.) the procedure itself due a problem with the placement of the catheter in a susceptible spot below the valve or b.) possibly due to "unmasking", where the WPW bypass tract that once blocked or "masked" the route the PVC impulses took is no longer there and the impulses go straight to the foci in my ventricle. So, either way, had I NOT had the ablation, I would presumably NOT be having so much trouble with PVCs.

I don't blame the EP specialists (not even the fine doc who did my procedure) as working in the medical field I was actually aware of this as a possibility. I'm also not saying people should not have ablations, because many people have benefited greatly from them, but I do think that too many patients don't have all the information they should have before making these types of health care decisions and I absolutely think that the medical community has a lot more learning and research to do in re this issue. It is becoming obvious that there is a subset of patients who have "post ablation syndrome", which is a general term that can include persistent PVCs, Sick Sinus Syndrome, A-Fib, Heart Block and chronic chest pain of unknown etiology. I would like to know what the actual numbers for this are, but ufortunately there have not been very many longitudinal studies looking at patients long-term after their "successful" ablations.

Because I am on the border line of having 10% - 15% of my total beats as PVCs, which is where research suggests the problems with heart enlargement often begin, I am now trying Verapamil to see if I can lessen the PVC load. Prior to that, I tried everything else I could find or think of, from supplements to dietary changes to exercise to meditation, and while I am grateful that my situation is not worse, as I know many people's are, it is still difficult to deal with. If medications don't work and there is ever PVC caused heart enlargement, then I am looking at having to go through another ablation — not something I feel terribly sanguine about at this point.
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I had an ablation for AVNRT in December and have been having tons of PVCs ever since. I have been told that they have nothing to do with my ablation since the burns were in the Atrium and the PVCs usually come from the right outflow tract. I have felt better the last couple of weeks, but it is really frustrating since I know I didnt have this many before. The doctor says stress can trigger them, but I dont have to be stressed at all to get them. They were basically coming all day and night regularly, but like I say the last couple of weeks have actually been better.
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What do you know about how long it may take for them to calm down? This is the longest stretch I have had with few. I am happy, but not sure this will last since it never has before. I know I would have noticed if I was having these before. Hope it stays good. I especially hate the bigeminy. There was a point when I would hapily have another ablation if i know it waould get rid of these, but they are much better right now. A holter  a week ago showed only 535 in 24 hours. So much better. I dont even remember having these before unless it was just a flutter once in a while like say once a week.
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I am coming close to a year after my ablation for avnrt and I am just now starting to not notice the pvcs.  I still get them but they are not strong or noticeable like they were before so hang in there.  Watch your stomach and stress and even over doing it with exercise and your heart will calm down.  Take care.
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Thanks Michelle. It does seem that the ones right after the ablation were stronger. Most of the ones I have now are much weaker. I have been trying to ignore them. I dont drink any alochol at all since October or caffeine. I have cut out all chocolate and sugar. I am starting to think maybe I will stop being so cautious. I dont even know if it makes any difference. One of the Pharmacists I work with told me one glass of wine wont cause them and I would love to have one. You take care.
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I had an ablation 1.5 years ago and felt great. Now i am getting PVCs again, tired and have headaches. Can they "come back?"
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The nurse at my cardiologists office told me that every cell in the heart is capable of electrical activity. They also told me they come and go. You can have them for a while and then they go away for a while. Stress can cause them to return, both physical and emotional. If you are having palpitations and you havent had them for a while you might want to have your ep check you again just to make sure its just PVCs. They do want to check whenever anything new happens. Did you have the ablation for PVCs or SVT?
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You work in the medical profession?  To your knowledge is it possible to get frequent pvcs from an ablation for AVNRT? I am trying to decide if I want a second opnion. I have been having them every 2 to 13 beats practically all day or 3 days. Looks like they slowed down just for a short time. I am so tired of them. I do know I didnt have this before the ablation. My doctor is one of the best. He is awesome, but here I am anyhow.
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Hi,
I have been having a similar issue.  I had an ablation for AVNRT in November of 2011.  I was fine for 8 months (just a few PVCs/PACs here and there) and then bam, I had what I believe were a few of the worst ones I have ever had.  I had never felt them like that.  Now I am having dozens a day.  Hopefully they will calm down.  I wore a monitor and my EP says all is fine.  Let me know if you get more info.
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I have noticed that I feel a lot better if I eat at least my 5 a day of fruits and veggies. I have a banana and green leafy veggies at least twice a day. I think its the electrolytes you get naturally from them. I wore a holter a few months ago and had over 500 in a 24 hour period, but have gotten to where I have very few now. Sometimes around my period I have more or possibly a little bigeminy, but it only lasts for a few seconds. Its the anxiety it produces that is the hardest to deal with. Even if I know its not dangerous I have an adrenaline surge.  It will be a year since my ablation in December and I must say I have been better for about 3 months. So much better. Hope yours does the same. You are coming up on when I started feeling better.
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Thanks for the response.  I am glad you are doing better.  It has been a year this week since my ablation.  I am still getting ectopics every day, though some days it has been very few.  I actually think I had a recurrence of the SVT for the second time, so I am getting a monitor again.  Sigh.  The uncertainty is taking a toll.
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Sorry to hear that. I have a feeling I have a lot that I dont feel anymore also. When do you get the monitor? I have gotten runs of bigeminy that felt strong and I thought they were SVT, but the monitor showed it was just bigeminy which I know  by itself can be disturbing. I have to tell myself that it is harmless, but I know how hard it is when it is happening. Just hang in there. It will get better. I thought I would come out of the surgery all better and that is apparently not how it works. It can take a year or more.
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How r u feeling? I havent heard anything from you in a while.
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Ihave had 3 ablation procedures over the past 10 yrs. I often ingest caffeine and I often go months without trying to stimulate a test on myslef if the PVCs are caffeine enduce...whch they are not, so I continue to drink caffeine. I work out 5 times a week as well. I have notice about 6 months after each procedure the PVCs return. I now figure that this is just going to a regular accurance and not sure if I should have another procedure done.
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I have three epstudies with hopes of an ablation for nsvt. All three times they could not induce me so of course I didnt get fixed. Now however my symptoms are worse more frequent lasting longer everyday. I am also suffering from bad ventricular bigmeny as well. Im wearing another monitor now getting some good recordings hoping that they will try a fourth eps and this time being able to be ablated.
How often are you having pvcs?
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I had catheter ablation in 2009 for my arrythmia. After my surgery I also had an increase of PVCs while recovering in the hospital. My electrophysiologist put me on Rythmol to help my heart recover.  I was only on it for a few weeks before the arrythmia seemed to go away.  I went without symptoms for about 4 years.  Now I am dealing with symptoms all over again.  I am 28 years old now and was told by a new cardiologist (I moved, which is unfortunate because in PA my care was wonderful) who said we needed to start with beta blockers first.  I am disappointed because i have already tried every medication to deal with the symptoms related to my arrythmia. I am a rarity as well because I also feel the extra beats. It makes me feel like I am jumping out of my skin and I do not know what to do with myself.  I also get chest pain and some pitting edema from it. I am having extra beats as much as every other (bigemity) and runs (every beat).  My electrophysiologist said there are various ways to deal with these arrythmias and I will be starting down that track.  These arrythmias are complicated and I know how it is when a doctors says people live with it every day. I dont know how... they must not feel them because it is incredible difficult to ignore mine.

I dont know if that helped but it is my experience with arrythmia.
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Hi,
I had my 2nd ablation on 2/19 of this year. The first was done 13 years ago for AVN and this one was  'bypass tract" on the left side of my heart. The procedure lasted 5 hours, lots of poking and prodding, and they actually had to poke a hole in the membrane of my heart to get to the area they needed to ablate. The procedure was a success however, since the ablation I have had an increase in PVC's. All of a sudden, one day last week and now going on 3 days I am having them constantly. Like one every 1-3 minutes and it's driving me NUTS! I called the Dr.s office and they called in a beta blocker. I took my second dose just now. I also decided to take a magnesium supplement as I read that could help. Now I'm obsessing over it and as I read all of these posts I see a definite relationship to ablations and increased PVC's. What is aggravating me is I asked the Dr's. office if this could be something caused by the ablation. "no,we have never heard that." So why do I do a simple Google search and find tons of people with the same experience!? And I had this done at a world-renowned hospital!!!!
I'm hoping they settle down soon. I exercise a lot and have anxiety issues so I'm wondering if the combo. just hit at the right time. And of course I'm worried about them so that's not helping. Great to know I"m not alone. Oh - I'm a 39 year old, very healthy and active woman - so no underlying health issues or disease.
Thank you for being here!
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I also feel every PVC. I have had tons since my ablation for AVNRT in December of 2011. I have had an increase lately and I wore a monitor last month. It recorded 9,728 in a 24 hour period. They are really annoying, but I tell myself they are benign. The doctor told me they are still harmless. I can take the Beta Blockers, have another ablation, or learn to live with it. I have gotten used to them mostly and would rather not take medication or have another ablation. I had constant anxiety at first, but now I have a normal life again. On the upside, I have not had any SVT and I dont miss the 240 BPM for 45 minutes at all.
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