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I've had infrequent SVT episodes for about 8 years. In that time, through fear of reoccurring episodes I have cut down on pretty much all forms of exercise, which is impacting my lifestyle.
I caught the SVT on an ambulance ECG about a year ago. Since then I’ve seen two cardiologists who have both, without hesitation, said I should have an ablation (even with the knowledge that my episodes aren’t that frequent). Both dismissed the use of drugs as they thought that the side effects would outweigh the benefits, and both downplayed the seriousness of an ablation (one says if he completed the procedure on Friday I should be back at work on Monday, the other compared it to a dental procedure).
I’m terribly scared of an ablation, but also live in fear of SVT episodes (which can be triggered by simple things like lifting heavy objects or bending down).
Are drugs really not worth it? Is an ablation now so safe that it’s the go-to option even if the episodes aren’t that bad?
Thanks in advance. I’d really like to talk to some people that have had ablations on the phone if possible... if anyone can think of a way to make that happen that would be great.
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