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I've had it. I then had a similar thing a couple of months later on the strength of what they discovered about my heart's circuitry. The second operation was using sound waves to burn away an additional nerve circuit, or something like that due to super ventricular tachaecardia.
I stayed in overnight but needed to take it easy for a couple of days after the first procedure, and needed at least a week to recover from the second. I was given a wedge to put under my Knees to help me lie still afterwards.
The first time I had it done, it was uncomfortable because I fet really anxious. It feels very strange having someone messing around with your heart and its rhythms! The second time I had it done, I was given something to make me relax (some form of mild sedation) and it was much easier.
I'll be back later so feel free to ask me any more questions.
I forgot to say that I had it done about 15 years ago when the procedure was quite new, so it may well have been refined or improved since then.
I also had it years ago. They let me watch on the screen but tbh I didn't really look! I had a bruise and it hurt a bit but the procedure is painless and they expect your heart to 'flutter' a bit and mine did. I was unable to have the procedure required to correct it because of other health issues and have been on medication for 10 years now which has worked in stabilising things Good luck Lisa x
they have tried loads of meds, but they make me sick or very tired. Had 2 addimissions via A&E where they had to give me those freaky drugs to slow your heart, while in resus Im wondering how long seriously I will have to take it easy for? I have two autistic girls and a dog here. How long will I have to stay in? They have said if they find the electrode causing the problem they will deal with it at the same time. Does it seriously take 4 hours? Am I just having to lay there still for that amount of time? Do they just numb the area where they put the wires in? Where did you have yours done?
I had the procedure first thing in the morning and went home the following morning.
If they do the radio wave ablation on the day, you will need to take it easy for at least a couple of days at home. Even though it's done under local anaesthetic and mild sedation, it's still an operation on your heart. I'm a teacher and took a week off work.
I had a haematoma bruise thing at the site where the catheter went in which was a bit tender for a few days.
It really is the best thing I could have done though. I went from having daily, debilitating attacks to absolutely none after the first week. It changed my life and I don't say that lightly.
all good information thanks I got letter from proffessor today, saying i has inverted P waves, would have been nice if someone had told me! I forgot to ask if im allowed to carrying on with normal excersise, what did yours all say?
Hi lisa, sounds like you have SVT, which is very common and is usually found in adolescence. Basically if this is the case you have an additional pathway from the top of your heart to the bottom of your heart, and on odd occasions the electrical impulse manages to get through the additional pathway. Imagine 2 farmers fields with a wall seperating them. The wall has a kissing gate in the middle that is normal way for the farmer to get throu from top field to bottom, however your wall had got a hole in it, so occasionally the farmer goes throu the hole instead of the gate!!!!
EP studies will check the electrical impulse and how they are conducted ( or how the farmer gets from top to bottom) if they find a hole (additional pathway) they will fix it, this is done by burning away the extra pathway.
have i lost you yet, i hope not........
it usually takes about 2-3 hours depending on what they find, where i work it is done as a day case. afterwards you should take it easy for the next 24 hours but after that you should be fine to carry on as normal.
this procedure is also done for conditions called atrial flutter or atrial fibrillation. atrial fibrillation can take a bit longer.
where do you live?
i might be able to recommend someone who could discuss this with you.
That makes sense to me I'm in herts. I had been fine for ages, just that my resting rate was 120bmp which always sent doctors into a spin, the odd attack of running 200+ that required treatment via iv drugs. However last few months I have had chest pains, dizzy spells, sooo tired too
120 is ok, at 200 they will fuss about, because you will start to feel crap. all the things you have said. it is the first line treatment for SVT, with out it we will try a whole array of medicines that wont ever stop it but might reduce the events, the ablation will put a atop to it and let you get on and live your live. good look with it all........
I agree with Belle about the ablation letting you get on with your life.
Like I said earlier - I haven't had an attack for about 13 years now, having had daily attacks. It really changed my life. No more passing out, no more hyper-ventilating, no crippling tiredness, no social embarrassment etc. etc. etc.