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If you are considering this procedure make sure he tells you what you can expect after words . My doctor did not and I found out through forums . 

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    Hi Jerry,

    I had an Ablation in November and the doctors did explain the procedure and what to expect afterwards very well.

    To be honest I ask a lot of questions in an effort to understand my condition better. The doctors have little choice but answer them.

    I do find these forums most helpful and I keep collecting more information every week about the heart and all the varied conditions people are dealing with.

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      Yes you did the right thing . I guess I should have asked more questions about after the procedure . I assumed it was similar to having stents as far as recovery .I was wrong totally wrong. They explained the procedure but nothing about afterwards . Hope you are feeling better. 
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      Has the Ablation worked for you Jerry?

      I spent 4.15 hours on the table for them to track and cure my ectopic beats, but the area they were coming from they couldn't complete the procedure, for fear of putting me permenantly on a pace maker. I've since had a 5 day monitor and I'm due a 3rd treadmill stress test next Tues 9th. 

      Then they'll review again and decide what to do next.

      I hope your problem has been cured and life's  a treat again.

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      Thanks Matt. I am still A-Fib .Was A-fib after the procedure .I had the newest type called cyroballoon Ablation where they freeze the parts . According to what I have read it takes about 90 days for the heart to get re-established and healed so it may get back to normal . I was on the table for 5 1/2 hrs . When I woke up my shoulders hurt so bad I had to ask for pain med. Then when they took out the tubes from my groin that was very painful and it seemed to take for ever . Needless to say I wont go through that again .I am on blood thinner so I'll go with that and in the mean time trust God will take over in the healing .   

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      Touch wood Jerry in time the healing will fix your problem.

      I too rely on faith to see me through.

      Take care and good luck.

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      Matt - I want to reply because of your fear of a pacemaker.

      My husband had a left branch bundle block, suggested to us that it may have been there for years, appa rently you can live a normal life with that.

      One morning a year ago he woke up, was fine but within the hour reported to me he felt weak and his legs were wobbly, his heart was beating at 30bpm. I took him to the city heart hospital where the juniors staff suggested the slow heartbeat was caused by the tablets he was on to slow his heart because of his pre-exisitng dialated cardiomyopathy, withdrew the tablets, during the first night in heart hospital his heartbeat then fell to 23BPM, at that point they called in the consultant cardiologist, he was furious, and ordered an immeidate pacemaker be installed, about 8 hours later it was finally done, and he reported he was feeling better than he had felt in months previous, and interesting that his weeing problem that had been put down to enlarged prostate resolved itself, full flow.

      It is now a year on since his pacemaker installed and telling everybody he has never felt better, even his dialated cardiomyopathy has come back from 23% Ejection fraction to 45% EF, cardiologist delighted, all he has to do now is stop eating, he is more than a little overweight.

      Walking 3 - 5 kms a day for exercise, mows lawns, potters with his bee hives, fixes all the neigbours lawmowers, helps at the local bee club on saturday, keeps our vege garden (our backyard is full). 

      He is really busy, and happy and really very well, compared to what he was.

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      Thanks Lyn, much appreciated.

      For me it was the consultant who held back, he wanted more tests done before committing to a pacemaker.

      I now have thought it through and accepted the fact that after the stress treadmill test on Tuesday, if my option is a pacemaker, I'm up for it. 

      The ectopic beats I'm suffering throw the heart out of rhythm at times, causing it to pause, reset and start up again. I've lived with it now for 21 months and really need a fix.

      I have spoken to a few people with pacemakers and apart from the regular checks, they all lead a normal and full active life.

      Best of British to you and your husband Lyn.

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