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My girlfriend was diagnosed with SVT a year ago. We live a moderately active life, and episodes began to affect her day to day (shortness of breath, palpitations, etc). She had an ablation performed last December. The surgery was anything but routine. We were told she would be under for a couple hours, and back on her feet the same day. We (myself and her parents) waited in the waiting room for 7 hours, before being told the surgery was a success, they had kept her overnight for observation. I'm not too clear on the details of the actual surgery, but I do know she remembers a lot of it, and she felt pain throughout. Suffice it to say, it was a difficult experience for her to go through, but she made it out.
Fast forward to two weeks ago, she started having episodes again. Life has been a bit stressful lately, so we attributed it to anxiety, but once the episodes became a bit more frequent, she made an appointment with her cardiologist. We found out yesterday that her SVT has returned. Whatever they did to close up whatever pathway in her heart (I'm not a doctor) has opened up again and her cardiologist has recommended another surgery.
After doing some research it seems that SVT coming back is more common than we thought, but she's still terrified to have another surgery done, especially if it's going to be back in a year.
I guess what I'm looking for is anecdotal experience of a repeat surgery having long term success, as well as any other support that can help my girlfriend during this really tough time for her. I'll support her through whatever decision she makes (whether to have the surgery or not) but I know SVT can weaken a heart over time and want her to live the longest life possible because I love her.
Whatever support or advice or resource you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
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