I had an ablation 2 months ago for AVNRT. Afterwards, the doctor told me that he had did his best to burn the pathway, but that it was so close to the good pathway that he didn't want to damage the good pathway. Bottom line is that he probably didn't get it, although he said he had to "burn" it numerous times. Since then, I have been more fatigued than ever and am having even more episodes than before the ablation. I went to a different cardiologist who had me wear a holter monitor and after viewing the results he called and told me that the new episodes were not from the AVNRT but were something different, possibly irritation. Does anyone have any insight?
If you're experiencing short runs of SVT that last for only a couple of seconds, it may very well be irritation. If you're having runs that last for minutes, he may not have gotten it. It's not unusual to be feeling jumps, skips, and short runs of SVT for many months following the ablation. I found that staying on the beta blocker following my ablation helped a lot.
I just had ablation on May 29th (2nd time) for the same thing (AVNRT). I also have been going through episodes of all kinds of odd "palpitations". At my last post-op visit my Dr. put me on a low dose beta-blocker (Carvedilol 3.125mg) and it has helped me out quite a bit. I still get small episodes even being on the medication, but they don't feel as strong and they go away pretty quickly. I think it is irritation from the ablation and it will just take time to heal. Others on this forum have reported having episodes up to to a year after ablation. I tend to freak out during my episodes, but I'm learning to stay calm and just get through it. Today was a good day for me- I didn't have any crazy heart beats. You just gotta take it day by day. I hope with time you will feel better and better.
I have not had an ablation, altho I am considering it. It is my understanding from posts on the subject on this message board that you might have issues for several weeks or even months from the irritation caused to the heart by the procedure, before the heart settles down. I will let someone who has first hand experience answer as I cannot comment from experience. Good luck to you.
Did the doctor say exactly what it was? It would be helpful to know but like the others said, it will very well go away with time but it takes a long time so be patient. I had avnrt corrected and I had all sorts of oddness with my heart afterwards. Mostly isolated pacs/pvcs but sometimes short runs of them. The pvcs in particular caused some chest pain, ill feelings and tiredness. It took a good year for them to clear up to a point where they don't bother me much at all. You may never have a totally calm heart but it should get significantly better, stronger and calmer with time. Just try and take it easy until you feel stronger. That said, I might question the doctor about what he saw on the monitor and what he thinks is or isn't appropriate for your symptoms.
I found Toprol (Metoprolol Succinate) to be completely ineffective in preventing my SVT episodes. I think it helped in converting once they started up though. Another thing, 25mg is a very small dose. I'm on 75mg. as a propholaxis following my ablation. I wouldn't expect much in the easing if your symptoms based on my experience with it.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.