Just back from my 5th trip to the ER since November 2006 to be converted from sustained 140 bpm. IV drip with Cardezim converted me after about 12 hours. Have had Afib, Aflutter and sinus Tachycardia. Have an artificial Aortic valve since 1980, take warfarin, ramipril and coreg. Compared to some others on this board my Tachy does not seem to be very frequent or bothersome. It is a nuisance to go to the ER and usually spend the night, but after a few days I am normal again physically and emotionally. Cardiologist is not pushing the ablation very hard but the Cardio group has 30 doctors and 2 EP specialists. Any comments are welcome about frequency of episodes and ablation decisions. Thank you.
I dont know much about this, so take this with a grain of salt.
There is a study being done out of mayo called Cabana, where the researchers are trying to establish solid facts for comparing drug vs ablation treatment s for Afib.
This is no easy decision. From what I know, the potential complications arising from rf ablation of afib are many. To get a feeling for this, I was just out on you tube today doing some research. You could try subscribing to mayo clinics video feeds, and watch the presentations involving Thomas Munger and Douglas packer. Cleveland clinic and Brigham and women's also have some very interesting information posted. Bottom line : seems like This subject is quite complicated so you d definitely want to consult am ep about the tradeoffs for your situation.
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