Heart Rhythm Community
ablasion vs. pacemaker
About This Community:

A community of people experiencing Heart Rhythm concerns. Ask a question, join a conversation, share experiences: symptoms, management, and treatment.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

ablasion vs. pacemaker

My father is 73 years old.  We are trying to figure out if we should go direclty to the insertion of a pacemaker vs. an ablasion procedure.  Since ablasion procedure may need to be repeated and flecainide (drug after ablasion) is questionable, should we just go directly to the pacemaker?
thank you
Related Discussions
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
1423357_tn?1414258965
In my opinion, I guess it would depend on a lot of things.  You didn't say what this procedure would be for?  Does he have any underlying conditions.  How "old" of a 73 is he?  I know 73 year old men who run, ski, and do other active hobbies where a pacemaker might be troublesome.  Another factor is cost of the procedures.  Would they be covered under his Medicare and any supplemental insurance?  I have an 84 year old friend who just had an ablation for A-Fib., and she's doing great.  Ablation therapy is not a dangerous life threatening procedure for most people.  Depending on his problem, ablation therapy might be something certainly worth looking at.
Blank
1398166_tn?1358874123
And @Tom.  I'd suppose a pacemaker would be more invasive and difficult than ablation. (just me guessing - if you'd like to check my medical credentials - they're the same as my cat - and she's stupid)

But I like Tom's call here: how old a 73-year old we have here? My inlaws are getting there and they're the biking-hiking-est people you'd meet... and what is insurance going to say. Both procedures are going to cost a ton. (even in co-pay)
Blank
1655526_tn?1330659229
I agree with everything said. In addition, is your father seeing a regular cardio or is he seeing an ep who specializes in rhythm problems? My ep  told me he's done ablations for people in their 90's.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
995271_tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
1569985_tn?1328251082
Blank
DeltaDawn23
Ann Arbor, MI
1423357_tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
Recent Activity
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
H.R. 2393, Country of Origin Labeli...
8 hrs ago by gymdandee
1236893_tn?1408490528
Blank
Ease Anxiety With Food
8 hrs ago by gymdandee
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
Paxiled commented on Foods You’re Throwing...
Jun 30
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?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
995271_tn?1408549100
Blank
itdood
PA
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
1569985_tn?1328251082
Blank
DeltaDawn23
Ann Arbor, MI
1423357_tn?1414258965
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA