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RF ablation

Hello All,

I usually do not participate at forums, but I've found your posts helpful
to my condition that has been diagnosed as PSVT so I would like to share my experience in return, maybe someone will find it usefull.

More then a month ago I (female, 41) had the first PSVT episode with a heart rate of 216 bpm, that lasted for several hours (slow response to verapamil/beta-blockers administrated IV). Afterwards I had somewhat disturbed heart rhythm with several extrasystoles per day. I should mention that before 'the episode' I did not feel my heart as other healthy people don't, nor I have an uderlying heart disease.

That was an absolutely horrifying experience that I did not want to repeat,
so I've performed EP study/catheter ablation. AVNRT was diagnosed and eliminated with the 'slow pathway' RF ablation. (All was done in Zurich, Switzerland).

The only thing I should say is that 'I don't feel my heart' again.

Please do not get me wrongly, I am not advocating for the intervention, it is a decision to be made personally, I just would like to give support to people who are trying to cope with the diagnose of PSVT, as some of your posts did for me.

The aim is, in my opinion to get back to control of your life, either you need or need not RF ablation for that.

I wish you all success.

P.S. However, very important issue is that well experienced electrophysiologists are performing the intervention. Forgot to add, the procedure itself is not terrible at all.
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That's awesome that you had such a response to the ablation.  I think anyone who is very symptomatic with their arrhythmia will be way more inclined to pursue the ablation route.  I had the same condition as you do and since my procedure 7 weeks ago, have been symptom free of SVT (no more dizziness, no more breathlessness, and no more of being able to watch my heart practically jump out of my shirt).  Still have a wacky heart though because I also get frequent PVC's and did not have those ablated.  I'm about 70% better but, unfortunately, can still feel the skipped/ectopic beats.  
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That's awesome that you had such a response to the ablation.  I think anyone who is very symptomatic with their arrhythmia will be way more inclined to pursue the ablation route.  I had the same condition as you do and since my procedure 7 weeks ago, have been symptom free of SVT (no more dizziness, no more breathlessness, and no more of being able to watch my heart practically jump out of my shirt).  Still have a wacky heart though because I also get frequent PVC's and did not have those ablated.  I'm about 70% better but, unfortunately, can still feel the skipped/ectopic beats.  
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Good to hear, I am scheduled to have an ablation for WPW on the 20th of March.  The 1st week of waiting was the worse.  I'm now on my 3rd and am actually looking forward to it now.  I can't wait to wake up and know that I no longer have to worry about this.  I have only had 2 big episodes in my life, and a few heart flutters.  I am just sick of living in fear.  I can't go fishing by myself, I can't go anywhere that isn't close to a hospital, I had to quit drinking coffee and any alcohol.  I'm just glad that there is an option out there for me and I can go back to living the way I was for 29yrs before this happened.

And then I'm going to have a nice tall beer!
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