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I suffered from paroxysmal afib for 12 years. A year ago December, I had my first ablation at a local hospital. It could only be described as a disaster. A month after the ablation I was in permanent afib and permanent aflutter (new). The doctor basically forgot about me when it became apparent that the operation was a disaster. I had to stop working. My resting heart rate was 88 (it used to be 60). Every few days, my heart jumped into the 160s. No one (it seems) could help. I actually started investigating States that allowed for assisted suicide in hopeless cases. I also researched centers of ablation excellence. I found Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston. I begged them to take my case. I got an appointment in two weeks. The Doctor evaluated me and assured me he could address my problem. They found an opening and three weeks later I had my second ablation. When I went into surgery, I was certain I was about to die. My heart rate was close to 170. I could barely stay conscious. I remember conversing with the anesthesiologist, tears running down my face, thinking that this was the last sight I would ever see. Well, six hours later I woke up. My heart rate was 60. I was not in afib or a flutter. They released me a day later. The next day I went for a short walk. The day after, a longer walk. Three days later, back to work - the first time in seven weeks. In the ensuing 10 months, I have had plenty of scares. Missed beats, occasional runs. However, in the last few months, I've had nothing. I can walk, I can run, I can hike, I can live again. So, to all of you out there who feel it's hopeless, it's not. Just go to someone who knows what he is doing!
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