2nd SVT attacks in 2 weeks

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Hi All,

I am a 44 year old female.  I was diagnosed with SVT 2 years ago.  Twice my heart rate went up to 240 and I needed adenosine both times.  I've had 4 attacks since there (2 in the past two weeks).  These 4 attacks did not require adenosine.  My cardiologist is really pushing ablation; telling me to just get it done and I will have no more attacks.  Have I warranted enough attacks to just have it done?   I am on toprol 25mg twice a day but that doesn't seem to be helping.  I saw an electrophysiologist back in January and he gave me the pros and cons of the procedure, but I need to hear from people that live with this.  Thank you.

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    Hi

    Well I have only had 2 events back in February, and I am going for my ablation June 22. It was to have been done may 31, but when I got to the hospital, they cancelled me

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    I have been getting sever SVT weekly sometime even several times a week. I had an ablation but it didn't work, and I'm now scheduled for another one. The procedure is not bad at all...but be warned it doesn't always work. It's definitely worth doing tho. If it gets fixed it will change your life
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    Hi there!

    I've had SVT for 20 years (I'm 30 now) and I've just recently found out that I have Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome which is what is causing my SVT. I usually only have 1-2 episodes a year but as I've gotten older and since having kids, the episodes are more severe. Earlier this year I had 2 bad episodes 3 months apart which is unusual for me.

    I booked in to see my cardiologist and am now on the waiting list for ablation. Mine is also on the left side of my heart which makes things a little harder but I am sick of it running my life. I realise they don't always work but I'm willing to try.

    Your episodes will get worse with time and I've lost a good part of my life to this condition so please think about that when making your decision. Good luck!

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         We'd need to know more about your specific situation to make a confident recommendation, Danni, but I'll maybe reinforce what you've already heard. For an otherwise healthy person, ablation is a low risk procedure with a high probability of success. Becoming SVT and beta blocker free would be a wonderful return on your emotional investment in the ablation. You likely would feel remarkably "freed" tby no longer having the SVT threat hanging over you.

         I wish you well, regardless of your decision.  There's a bunch of emparhy out here for you. Take care.

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    Hi Danni

    I'm a 44 year old guy and I live with SVT for 12 years before having a successful ablation 2 years ago.

    I refused to take beta blockers after trying them and they made me feel bad.

    SVT was starting to rule my life, the attracts we're becoming more frequent, as is usually the case with this and after my cardiologist said he'd have to inform DVLA if I didn't have meds or treatment I had the treatment!

    The procedure isn't that bad, it's shrouded in folk law and legend but it's pretty straight forward and as otters have said I feel free and it has changed my life.

    Definately have the ablation, you won't look bad.

    All the best

    Chris

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    Hi Danni, I had an ablation  about 4 years ago because the SVT I had for about 15 years had become too dangerous. I have not had a single episode since. The ablation freed me from the prison of SVT and the medication for it.

    If you trust your cardiologist and he says you are suitable for an ablation then it is a very low risk procedure that you should have. The procedure itself is no worse than a single SVT episode of the same duration so its really no big deal. 

    Best of luck with it!

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    I had several attacks in 2 months. From out of nowhere. I maybe had a few minor ones when I was younger....but didn't know what they were. My rates hit 220. Had adenosine and also went on beta blockers. Said no way...I had the Ablation and was lucky enough to have an SVT attack on the table. I am now one month out and feel amazing. Great Doctor, great staff and great hospital. I am very happy with my decision.
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    Get it done. I did after 42 years of SVT. Only so long because i never went to ER for episodes until 2 months ago. It saved my life. I am a new person now with a normal heart rate. I would do it again in a heartbeat..no pun intended smile 
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    Hiya,

    I've had three different types of arrhythmia and the one I suffer from now is an SVT, I had some more serious structural problems with my heart but they're fixed now. I had my first ablation in September last year under general anaesthetic after being rushed to hospital with a heart rate of 150bpm and it worked really well and got rid of my atrial fibrillation, however during the surgery they discovered I also had an atrial flutter which they were unable to stop so they had to shock me. After this I had some bad bruising in my groin area where they went into the vain for about a week afterwards, and I was quite tired but other than that I felt that the recovery wasn't too bad. I then had my atrial flutter sorted out at the same time as having open heart surgery, and this was supposed to be the end of it. In January of this year I went into A&E again with a heart rate of 190 and was diagnosed with atrial tachycardia and in April I had the ablation again. Unfortunately it was unsuccesful that time, always a risk with a cathetar ablation, and so I still have atrial tachycardia and am currently in the process of deciding whether or not to have a third one, so I understand that the decision is tough! I have SVTs about once a month and no medication has ever worked to stop it including adenosine and I've been very sick in hospital with them. It's not a pleasent operation, but I would definitely recommend it because usually it is very succesful and I have never found the recover too challenging. I'm definitely veering towards getting it done again myself, however the last two times I've been fortunate enough to be put to sleep during the operation, and this time I will have to be awake which is obviously slightly more of a daunting prospect. I definitely think the amount of attacks you've had warrants an ablation! 

    Hope this helps!!

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    Hi I have been suffering from svt for 11 months and have had 6 attacks all resulting in lasting hours and being taken to hospital , unfortunately the adenosine does not work for me and I get put to sleep and have s cardioversion to stop the attack , I have had two in one week I have a appointment to discuss ablation
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      betty415 danni1971 19 days ago

      Get it done. I did after 42 years of SVT. Only so long because i never went to ER for episodes until 2 months ago. It saved my life. I am a new person now with a normal heart rate. I would do it again in a heartbeat..no pun intended smile

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      Thankyou I'm still recovering after having a svt while on holiday in USA , nightmare was rushed to hospital and after 10 hours of trying adenosine 6 times and amiodrone to lower heart rate was eventually given a cardioversion shock to stop the svt after this I was in hospital a further 2 days and they had to fly home again more problems accursed resulting in me being rushed to hospital upon landing and I spent a further 5 days in hospital . I'm in my dressing gown wondering when I'm going to be up and about the svt came on after walking not for hours or power walking just normal enjoy the holiday walking , another svt I hD came on when in town shopping is it the walking ?? Any advice

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      Hi Nicola, really sorry to hear you've had these distressing experiences.

      I don't think I've ever heard anyone mention walking or shopping being SVT triggers. I'm a little reluctant to offer advice because adenosine always worked for me almost immediately. Maybe someone else who also had this problem would like to comment?

      Have you been diagnosed with SVT by a cardio specialist?

      Do you know the specific variety of SVT that was diagnosed?

      Have you been diagnosed with any other heart or anxiety condition apart from SVT?

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      There's tremendous variation in onset, Nichola.  Some of us know too well how difficult this is for you.  I've never been able to confidently identify triggers for mine.  Randomness is my best guess. Please consider reading about some breathing techniques that seem to be helping lots of folks, including me, stop their SVT episodes.  I do hope you'll soon hear encouraging news from your cardiologist.  Ablation has helped many, many people. 

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