Jul 07, 2011
One month ago today I had my procedure for SVT. Reflecting back over the past month, if I could give anyone advice through what I've experienced it would be to take it easy for a month after the procedure. In my mind, I felt so wonderful and eager to start living a life, but my body wasn't willing. My heart just wouldn't let me, it needed to heal. If I pushed it too hard, I would feel a tightness in my chest with pain and shortness of breath. Now a month later, I'm able to walk on the treadmill for a mile, even though I'm still building up to where I was before the ablation. While resting my heart felt great and that fooled me into thinking I was good to go when the heart wasn't. It had been injured with that burn and that takes time to heal.
Now I have to tackle a few other health issues: getting my bad back into shape and start losing weight again. I started taking supplements again yesterday. Before the ablation, I didn't trust anything I was taking and I still won't take krill oil. I still get a lot of PACs and my EP told me that wouldn't change. But, I can tolerate them more because I know the PAC won't lead to SVT. I've had extra early PACs a few times because I've felt the long pause that would usually end in SVT. That is something I have to get used to. It feels now like my heart stops beating for a moment and that is a little scary. It's strange to feel such stillness, whereas before with the SVT, I felt like I could die with the pounding and racing heart out of control.
One of the things I've loved to do is to help others in this forum become aware that they don't have to live with SVT. I had a lady in my town call me who has SVT. I was so glad to be able to tell her it could be fixed and to get right to a good EP. There are so many who suffer from this, who go for years like I did not knowing that it can be fixed. I wish there was a way to make more people aware. I wish there was a way to let regular gps and even cardios know that they just need to get people to an EP if a person has electrical problems. They are the experts. I'll never forget my EP looking right at me and asking, "Why hasn't anyone sent you to me before?" I wondered the same thing.
Each day that goes by, I feel more grateful that I had it done. I'm still cautious with my heart, a survival mechanism I suppose, but I'm ready to move on