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I just wanted to share my experiences about SVT. I have dealt with SVT for a few years now. I didn't know what it was at first when I first experienced the fast heart beat, so I didn't think anything of it. I would just try to rest or if it was cold outside during the time I would be experiencing an episode I would go outside. It seemed like that always helped. So fast forwarding to this year... I was laying down in bed and changed positions to another side and boom... my heart started beating out of control. I sat up and tried to calm myself down. Nothing worked. Over 30 minutes had passed and my heart was still beating erratically. I had started feeling light headed and out of breath. So my partner rushed me to the ER. That's when I had been diagnosed with SVT. I never knew anything about this until just a few months ago. So I did some research and found that it was not life threatening and since I had experienced it before and was able to control it (except for the first time I went to the ER ) I decided to just do nothing about it. Well, two weeks later another SVT attack happened and it was the same experience. I couldn't get it to stop. Another trip to the ER was needed and I got the dose of adenosine again. My heart rate was up to 235 that time. Normally it gets up to about 200 to 210. Then a month later another SVT attack. I had no idea why it was happening so frequently now. So that's when I decided to go see an electrophysiologist. He explained to me about the different options I had. One was to do nothing, two was to take meds, three was the ablation. Well I had already tried doing nothing and that was not working and I am only 31 and currently do not take medication on a daily basis and I didn't want to start..so that wasn't an option either. So I chose the abalation. I was so scared because it's your heart. It's just a scary thought having to worry about someone going that close to it. So anyway he scheduled me for the ablation about three weeks after my appointment. The procedure to me was unpleasant. I was wide awake and felt everything. The sedative wasn't strong at all. I felt the doctor start my SVT and that seemed to last forever but then he stopped it and told me he was now going to ablate it. He then sent another signal to trigger my heart to beat fast again but it didn't start another SVT episode. I was told he got rid of it on the first go. Apparently I had been born with an extra "electrical cord" that has been sending mixed signals that causes these extra fast beats. The procedure for me took about 2.5 hours. Then I was sent to recovery to lay flat for about 4 hours and sent home right after. I felt some chest discomfort and leg soreness after the procedure but that's about it. Here I am day two and the only thing sore is my leg. No palpitations! I used to encounter those through out the day but none so far. I know it's only been a day later since the ablation but I can already feel a huge difference. I don't notice my heart beating, and I don't feel any extra beats. I would advise those that haven't had the ablation to do it. I feel brand new, I swear. I know only time will tell, but I can already feel a change.
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