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I am a 67 year-old male who has been running 2 miles 5 or 6 days a week for the past 22 years or so. Two months ago I was an outpatient at a local hospital for a very minor surgical procedure. When they did an ECG, I drew the attention of the resident cardiologist because of the evident accesory pathway revealed by the delta wave. Since then I have been through a whole series of tests including a treadmill ECG. The treadmill revealed "stress" once my pulse rate got up to about 150. As a result, they did a radial angiogram to rule out blockage and found my arteries to be quite clear and healthy. So my concern is very straight forward. I did not know of WPW because, in spite of the strange missed beats under heavy exercise (actually very short bursts of tachycardia), I have absolutely no sypmtoms. None. I have been told, however, that if one of those short bursts were to last longer than the typical 1/4 -1/2 second, I could easily pass out or actually die. Ablation has been touted as a "cure" but I am skeptical of this and would greatly appreciate hearing from anyone with a similar case. My concerns regarding ablation center around the risks when compared to my present quality of life. Had I not had the little surgical proceedure, I would still be blissfully ignorant of WPW. Thoughts? Opinions? Suggestions?
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