4 hours since she went into the lab. The report is that 3 of the 4 veins have been worked on and all is going as expected.
My daughter is all finished and in recovery, a 4 hour procedure. The electrophysiologist did a pulmonary vein isolation on the 4 veins. And said it was pretty much textbook a-fib. The 2 left veins were a little difficult to isolate, but he got them, and thinks her prognosis looks excellent. The staff at UofP in Philadelphia were excellent, and I can't day enough of the electrophysiologist. Ok, at 67 I think he looks like Doogie Howser working on my daughter, but he knows his stuff. Good luck to whomever is dealing with A-fib and is researching how to deal with it.
Update: My daughter's recovery was not without its problems. After 5 days at home, she returned to work. After only A couple of hours at her office, she experienced what she described as a jumbled up heart rhythm, and afterb10 minutes of that, was transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital. The attending physician conferred with her electrophysiologist at Penn, and they could see that arrhythmia which was NOT afib. They increased her meds to pre-procedure levels, and it slowly went away. She was released by days end.
Since that episode, she has not had any more incidents, or any episodes of afib. Her life is slowly returning to normal, and the fear of afib incidents is slowly receding. She has a follow up appointment in early April where they are going to set up a plan to
wean her off all cardiac related meds she has been taking for afib.
To be honest, we are all delighted with the results. She continues to have some PVC's, but it appears (knock on wood) that the afib was eliminated.
Examples would be:
*Rhythm control agents*
My daughter is 44 and lives 250 miles away, so it hard to keep up with what she has been on. But I know she on Xarelto of course, and Flecainide. But Metoprolol Tartrate was added after she went to the ER with the messed up rhythm upon returning to work a week after the ablation procedure. There's another anti-arrhythmic that Im forgetting... I can't remember now. The UPenn staff was great. The electrophysiologist, Dr. Jeffrey Arkles was just fantastic too.