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Hi, new to this forum. Over the past 9 months I was diagnosed with atrial flutter. I'm 49. My heart rate can get up to 200 and I'm very symptomatic. I feel small flutters throughout the days and then 2 day episodes about every week. I've had 2 ablations with the last one lasting 6 hours and my EP saying that it was a very complicated procedure due to the irregular structure of the inside of my heart. News to me and to them.
My last meeting with my EP was disappointing and scarry. He didn't feel he could be any more aggressive than he already was without risking perforation to my heart. He offered to ablate the AV node and put in a pacemaker, but I can't see being dependent on that for the rest of my life. He said I was in a tough place. I'm breaking through the metoprolol and propafanon, and have tried many other's. He doesn't want to put me on anything stronger. Is there anything more I can do? Anywhere else to look for relief? Is a pacemaker really my only option? Has anyone had that done and does it work as far as getting rid of the symptoms and getting back to a normal life?
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