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Ablation? ♥ [Jan. 24th, 2007|12:14 pm]
Atrial Fibrillation


So I've had a lot of recent episodes of flutters and switching in and out of a-fib.
I went to my primary care physician and he feels that it's time to have an ablation.
He thinks my medicine is not working anymore to keep my heart rate under control.
So now I have to see my cardiologist to talk about everything.
I'm extremely petrified because I don't even want to think about an ablation.
I knew I would probably have to deal with this later on in life, but not right now.
I'm completely scared. =\


[User Picture]From: missy42
2007-01-25 07:39 am (UTC)
These things are always scary to face, but the ablation was always on the lower end of the "scary" spectrum for me. In fact, I remember actually being kind of excited about it, because then these flutter things would just go away.

I had my ablation in 2001 and I did get kind of emotional in the day or so after the procedure, but I'm SO glad that I went through with it. That summer, my heart flutters were coming about once a week. I couldn't plan anything. Temp jobs were falling through. I had friends driving over from places that weren't exactly close to hang out and my parents had to greet them and tell them that I was in the E.R.

So I had the ablation at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. The guy who's supposed to be THE guy to go to for these things did mine. He used to fly out to L.A. once a month to do these things, but I heard he's not doing that anymore. You have to go to him.

Anyway, yes, I am still on meds, and I do still have flutters, but they're not nearly as frequent. About once every two years or so. All-in-all, it's a pretty non-invasive procedure, especially considering that my cardiologist also mentioned the possibility of a Fontan Revision (another open-heart), which scared the shit out of me. The ablation definitely made my life a whole lot easier.

Out of curiosity, where would you be getting yours done? I know that when I was having my original heart surgeries, Boston was one of the best options as far as congenital heart surgeries go.

Hope that helps, And good luck!

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[User Picture]From: christina_86
2007-01-26 10:54 pm (UTC)
I believe that there isn't anybody in Rhode Island that performs the ablations. My best bet would probably be Boston. Lol. But I do want to look around before I make a final decision of who performs it.

Thank you for your comment! It made me feel a lot better about everything! =)
::Big hugs!::

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[User Picture]From: missy42
2007-01-27 06:35 am (UTC)
I'll try and find the name of the guy who did mine. I think he was Korean or something. Maybe not.

Thank you for your comment! It made me feel a lot better about everything!

Oh, good!


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