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catheter ablation

Hi guys I need some help I am thinking about goin in for a catheter ablation for my svt as I can not take it no more I've been having it for 3 years now and all most every day I just can't handiel it any more as it is messing up my life what I won't to no is if they can put me to sleep as I suffer with bad panic attacks so I no if I'm awake I will freak out and problly won't end up getting it done and all so winged to no how will I feel after its done I no they do allot of theses a year but I can't help but to be worried about it
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Hey ricky your not alone. I'm 23 and have had svt and anxiety for 3 years now also. I am also considering having the ablation. I hate that we have to make these choices. I sometimes wish I was younger so my parents would have to sign the papers.
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I had one EP study with an ablation and a second EP study about 11 months later.  I was asleep for both so it was like you blinked and it was over.  Very minimal pain afterwards and it was something that Tylenol took care of if I needed it.  I took it easy for about a week afterwards and then was back to normal.  It is kind of nerve wracking to go through it, especially if you aren't sure what to expect but I found that it really wasn't too bad.  I know you are nervous about being awake for it but if you ask your Dr, then I'm sure they can make sure you are asleep for it.  I had mine done at a major heart center and their protocol is to have everybody asleep for it.  
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Ok thank you from what you r saying it ain't to bad?
I'm just worried coz I'm only 20 and to have someone poking around inside my heart is abit scary to me if you don't mind me asking how long did it take to do and woes you allowd to go home the same day
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I think that both took around 4 hours or so even though I had an ablation with first one and no ablation the second time.  The first time I ended up staying over night because I woke up with a bad cough and was coughing so hard that the nurse was worried I would bleed if I went home and continued coughing.  So I stayed overnight and went home first thing in the morning.  No bleeding and was actually at the hospital for about 24 hours total.  The second time, I went home that afternoon even though I had a cough again.  The second time they gave me albuterol which cleared up the cough up right away.  We have since figured out that I have a mild asthma.  I'm young too, which probably is actually beneficial as you bounce back pretty quick.  It really wasn't bad at all!  They went through my neck, along with groin access, so I looked like a vampire bit me for a few days and it was right when one of the Twilight movies had come out, so I'm sure that people who saw me in public thought I was a Twilight fan who had taken it to the next level.  ;)  Good luck if you have yours!
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Thank you so much I think I will be goin ahead with it
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Just had an ablation two days ago.I am home now.it was for afib which is more complicated than otherablations.it took 5hrs to finish.I felt tired and had a chest pain that was subdued with an iv pain killer.The only think that bother me is the low energy and the bruse where the cath.went through.Time will heal quickly.good luck
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I had an ablation nearly 4 weeks ago for svt. The worse part for me was the ep test because straight after that I was knocked out with,sedatives and slept through the rest.
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Do you mind me asking why you had another EP study 11 months after the ablation?  I had an ablation almost 12 months ago for SVT and I think it was successful but 8 months later I started having short runs of something (another kind of svt) and lots of ectopics.  I am wondering what is going on.  What does the EP study consist of, versus the EP + ablation?  
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I had the second EP study 11 months later because I was having more problems with tachycardia and had an episode that looked like SVT on a rhythm strip.  They were hoping to be able to go in and ablate that but unfortunately they weren't able to get that one going that one day.  They did say that site that was ablated before was successful as they checked it during the EP study.  So that's why it ended up being just an EP study and not an EP study with ablation.  Basically they were planning on an ablation but weren't able to do one that day.  Frustrating as I'm still having episodes, just not from that one pathway that was ablated.  I'm not sure if it's common or not for them to not be able to trigger a known arrhythmia during an ablation.  Thankfully they were able to get the one though as I was told that it paced at a rate of around 300.
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My ablation procedure was a piece of cake.  I was out using IV sedation, and I had no pain whatsoever.  I was released after about 4 hours.
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Thank you.  I am sorry you are still having runs.  I apparently also have another form of SVT besides AVNRT.  What is really bothering me is daily ectopics though.  My EP said often it can take a long time to induce an arrythmia (that is why some procedures take so long), so I imagine sometimes they just aren't able to do so.  I guess what I meant to ask is whether the EP study is invasive.  I knew I was going to have an ablation so didn't ask specifically about the EP study.
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Yes, have an EP study is still invasive. You still get the catheters going into your heart, which they did in my groin and neck and I was asleep for it as well.  
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Hey ricky your not alone. I'm 23 and have had svt and anxiety for 3 years now also. I am also considering having the ablation. I hate that we have to make these choices. I sometimes wish I was younger so my parents would have to sign the papers.
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Omg I am suffering wit GAD AN SVT I think the gad is most of the caues of my svt but yea I feel the same way wish i woes younger so my mum and dad cold deal with it for me but at the end of the day I think the gad and svt will make me a stronger person but the bad thing is it looks like it will be at least 3 months till I get it done hope you r doin ok if you need to talk plz don't hezatat to talk to me I really do no what you r goin through
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It's been nearly a month since i had a successful ablation for SVT and i am so glad i did it. Sure i was really scared and nervous before hand, but luckily for me i was given a sedation drug after the EP study and i fell asleep and woke up to my Dr telling me it was successful. If you are nervous tell the Dr or the nurses and they will give you something to send you into a twilight sedation.
I think the worse part for me was having the local injections as they sting. Then feeling my SVT kick in during the EP study was horrid. It took at least 2 weeks for recovery. I know the Drs say 4-5 days but don't panic if you dont feel right after a few days. Everyone is different i guess.
All the best with whatever you decide.
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I'm glad it made a driftnet for you the only thing I'm worrying abit is I suffer from panic attacks I'm hopping that can nick me out for it coz if they don't then I'm think I will freck out and not get it done
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thank you I really appreciate it, I am thinking about getting the ablation my self but not until I try a different med. I alot of people on here are surprised that I am on digoxin. So I am going to try something else besides the dig. my attacks arent so bad its the effects of the dig that get me. the extream heat intolerance is by far the worst. but for now I am doing okay. Hope your doing okay as well
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I'm am doin good and yea it is an old drug I'm on maniax that's is an ok drug the only thing it does is dry my mouth out but it's helps my attacks allot
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glad to hear your doing good, I am def. going to talk to my dr about taking something else.
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