I had pvc's RVOT and LVOT. Had 2 ablations. There were 12 burns with the LVOT ablation, but I don't have the records for the first procedure so I'm not sure on total burns. I was multifocal for a long time and because I developed cardiomyopathy as a result of persistent pvcs, an antiarrythmic and/or ablation(s) became necessary.
I was on flecainide for 3-4 months, but b/c of side effects related to central nervous system (vivid, weird dreams, shaky, increased anxiety - didn't need that!) I was switched to rhythmol. Apparently, it is very important to take it on a routine and the doctor was hoping flecainide would work b/c you only have to take it twice a day and rhythmol is taked (at least for me) 3x/day. No troubling side effects with the rhythmol.
Both medications helped alleviate the pvcs BIG time! However, I opted to try the ablation(s) when I was told I would need to stay on the RX for the rest of my life. I knew going in that it may take more than one procedure b/c I was multifocal and the doctors wanted to ablate conservatively.
I was told that flecainide was safe with a normal cardiac workup. Although I have MVP/MR, I was still prescribed flecainide and it was considered a safe medication. In my case, it was more important to treat the cardiomyopathy since the doctors felt the CM was a result of pvcs. They were right because after 2 ablations, my EF returned to normal and has stayed there for over 2 years. I still get occasional episodes of NSVT, but nothing in comparison to the past.
Where (city) did you have your ablations done?
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F/32 HAD 3 ABLATIONS IN 10 MONTHS NOT SURE OF HOW MANT BURNS MADE. IT WAS FOUND I HAVE A RARE FORM OF LVOT-VT AND I WAS ON THE FLECANAIDE AND LOVED IT UNTIL I GOT THE TREMORS/SHAKES. THEN I DID NOT LIKE IT SO MUCH. IT DOES WORK. I DONT FEEL THE LAST ABLATION WORKED I JUST HAD IT 6 WEEKS AGO AND SOMEHOW I NOW KEEP GOING INTO A-FIB FUN PASSING OUT EVERYDAY MAKES WORK INTERESTING. I JUST STARTED TO FEEL THE VT AGAIN LAST WEEK AND THAT SUCKS. DR DOES NOT FEEL I HAVE THE VT JUST THE NEW A-FIB THAT WAS DOCUMENTED ON A HOLTER FOUR WEEKS AGO. SO IF YOU WANT THE MEDS BE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE SO YOU KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU. BE SAFE
I have been on Flecainide for 3 months, so far without any side-effects and it has totally stopped my very frequents PVCs & NSVT. I have to make sure that I drink plenty of water during the day and take it regularly at the same time every day. Before that I was on beta blockers and Verapamil which did't work. I am booked for an ablation next week because I don't want to stay on the medication forever.
Not sure what RVOT VT, I suffered from bigeminy (PVC's every other beat) and NSVT and Flecainide helped these big time.
I have taken Flecanaide for several years now. I think its been three. I have lost track. I started out with 100 mg 2 times a day and went to 150mg 2 times a day when the A fib came back. Now I am doing well. I notice no side affects. My hands do shake very slightly sometimes but I did not even realize it was from the Flecanaide. I would like to look into ablation but how sucessful is it really?
i have had several ablation attempts but to no avail. i have several different kinds of arrythmia and a defibrillator implant. i am concerned about flecainide. i have been on it for one year now and it does help, but i have congenital heart defect . one dr told me it would ruin my heart, the other one said it would be fine. i dont know who to believe but i do know it works. i can actually stand up without getting afib and when i get nervous now its not as bad as before.