Ablation Surgery did NOT work for me

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Some of you may have seen my posts before, but wanted to bring info to new people and update the ones who might have been following me.

After having Ablantion surgery the end of March, I have now been told that it was not successful.  It seemed to be working well for two months and then into the third (blankiing) month, I started to feel the symptoms of Afib (which I had never previously had), my blood pressure and pulse rate went from normal and 59 respectively to triple digits and my dialostic pressure started going into the high 90's.  

A holter montior last week confirmed that I was in persistent afib-- which I hadn't been in prior to the ablation and that the surgery had been unsuccessful.  I have an appointment with the cardo doc tomorrow when I believe he will schedued me for a cardioconversion.

As an aside, I had been on propafaone since last December and was experiencing worsening side affects (sleeplessness, loss of appetite, metalic taste, indigestion, heartburn, dizziness, fatigue, increased pulse beat and blood pressure).  I had been on 325 mg 2xday and the EP dropped me to 225 mg 2x/day after my surgery in at the end of March.

At my last visit to the doc and after my daughter had connected all these negative side affects to the propafone, we told him I wanted off the drug competely.  He was in the process of weaning me off, when the next morning before taking the propafaone my pulse rate was 67 and it climbed to 127 within a half hour of taking the pill.  I told him I wanted to go off it cold turkey, which I did immediately.

Since Friiday, and no propafaone, my blood pressure and pulse rate has been doing down.  When I asked why I should be on it, he said, "no reason", so I'm off it now and am starting to feel a little better . I have no intention of going back on it and hope he doesn't insist I do in order to get the cardioconversion.

I will keep you all posted.  


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    I mentioned previously that when informed I had afib I decided against ablation after discussing with my cardiologist. The reasons are;

    - the holter monitoring revealed my heart flatlined on three occassions in 24 hours. I was lucky it was only momentarily.

    - I was informed that ablation cannot guarantee complete success.

    - I do not have insurance coverage and cannot afford multiple ablations.

    My cardiologist recommended that I stabilise my heartbeat with a heart pacer and thereby prevent further flatlining.

    Installed my pacer on 1st Dec 2015. I am awaire that I still have afib but the pacer ensures that my heart rate stays above 50 bpm. I am on Tenormin for hypertention and warfarin for afib.

    Until a few weeks ago I complained of fatigue and general weakness. I ask my cardiologist if my current meds are causing my problem. He informed 'no' after my heart pacer check-up and blood test. He said my problem is 'life style' which I interprete as "Unfit caused by bad habits and nutrition and underexercising".

    I started exercising, changed my vitamin supplements and start behaving like a healthy person and I do feel much better.

    I hope this sharing helps.

    And I am Malaysian!


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