I had a PVI ablation last August. I experienced a number of episodes the first 15 days. I ended up in ER and was cardioconverted at one point. Since Sept 15 of 2010 I have only had one four hour episode of AFIB which was about 3 weeks ago. So, no it is not unusual to have episodes for several months after the ablation. Your heart will need a good 3 to 6 months to recover. Do keep your doctor appraised of your situation. Good luck,,
Yes. Flecanide. The second week, I went into constant atrial tachycardia and was taken off flecanide and put on sotalol. It took 3 days to get back to NSR. After 2 months it was cut in half then at about 4 months I was taken off the meds. Now I only take it as needed.
Are you having any progress with the afib?
Yes there is a difference, not nearly as many afib episodes. I am on Sotalol 120mg twice daily, but if I don't pace myself I go into afib straight away. Does the Sotalol make you feel tired and a little light headed at times? I looked it up and it is known for these sort of side effects. Roll on the day when I can (hopefully) come off meds. Many grateful thanks for your reply, it has helped tremendously.
To answer your question, yes. I did not notice the effects at first. I thought it was the afib that made me feel so bad. Now if I take an 80 mg sotalol, I feel terrible. But that is because I know what it feels like to feel normal. The sotalol makes me feel light headed, my neck and shoulders feel achy and I am very lethargic. It was a great day when the doctor said I did not have to take it on a regular basis any longer.
Your welcome. I have found a lot of help on this forum from those who have had similar experiences.
I was blaming the afib as well until a Doctor told me the Sotalol cuts your energy in half, and then I looked up the side effects - I feel as if I am under a grey cloud and just can't wait to come out from under it.
It sounds as if your heart went "mad" after the PVI procedure too - not a nice experience is it?
Problem is no one in the medical profession tells us what is likely to happen, it would be such a help if they did.
I thank you once again.
Your right, it is not a nice experience. The only way a doctor is going to appreciate a patients experience is if they go through it themselves. I read a blog by a cardiac electrophysiologist, who is also a bike racer. He experienced afib during a bike ride. He blogs about his experiences including treating patients with afib and he has some good insights. If your interested he is at drjohnm.org. I have found his blog very helpful also. Hope you find it helpful.
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