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Ablation of the heart

  • 1.  Ablation of the heart

    Posted 21 days ago
    I had radio frequency ablation to my heart about 09/15/18. I just got through wearing a monitor for a month. I now have arrhythmia 20% of the time. I see my Doctor that performed the ablation next month, December. I'm of course anxious with anxiety and don't know what my Doctor will say to me as I am with the impression I can't do nothing but I also don't know what can be done. That's where I am now coming into the holidays.
    Richard Danks - Evergreen, Colorado

    Richard Danks
    Evergreen, Colorado

  • 2.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 21 days ago
    Hello Richard
    • arrhythmia to me is very frightening, and the fear then compounds itself
      with the watching and waiting for more arrhythmia to come from someplace
      at any time

      My surgery was in August of this year, and my arrhythmia just started in the
      last couple of weeks.  I brought it up to the nurses in rehab, but they said
      that they had no info that they could share that may help the anxiety
      that goes along with the Palpatations

      I googled the subject and even there could not find much information for

      I have not called my surgeon, but if the arrhythmia continues, I will do that

      Fairly new here, so I have not read anything on this subject here at all

      Thanks for bringing this up Richard

    mary hedtke

  • 3.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 21 days ago

    Richard,  Many Americans live normal lives with arrhythmia every day and I am one of them. I have had A-fib for about 20 years, so I was seeing a cardiologist about once a year. Five years ago, the doctor asked me to take a stress test. That resulted in my having a 4X CABG (so the A-fib saved my life). I still have A-fib and wear an Apple watch because it will monitor my heart rhythm and call 911 if I need it. I can even take an ECG test on the watch and record it on my phone to show the doctor. I have no physical restrictions and exercise regularly, do my own yardwork, do volunteer work with Mended Hearts, the K of C, the Air Force Museum, and the Boy Scouts. Life is good so just keep a positive attitude, do what you have to do, and have a happy life. By the way, I am 77 years old. Stay strong.  Ray Steck

  • 4.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 21 days ago
    Ray, I was told that by having afib I was wearing out my heart, putting the heart under too much pressure to keep functioning. I got a different response from you or am I missing something?
    Richard Danks 

  • 5.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 20 days ago



    You're a-fib might be different than mine. Yours may be causing your heart to beat very rapidly or otherwise not allowing the heart to pump enough blood to sustain your body. Mine just sort of skips a beat every few beats.  The doctor tried to shock mine into a normal rhythm several times but it always went back into A-fib pretty quickly. Finally the doctor told me that I tolerate it well, and that anything else they could try was more dangerous than the A-fib, so I should just live with it, and that's what I do. I exercise regularly because I always figure it is better to attack a problem from a position of strength rather than a weak position.


    I have read that many people with A-fib do not even know that they have it, so there are different degrees of A-fib.  So just keep educating yourself about A-fib, get a second opinion if necessary, and stay positive.  Good luck and we will all be praying for you.


    Ray Steck

  • 6.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 20 days ago
    I won't know until I see my doctor in a few weeks what the plan may be. If nothing more can be done to stop the afib, the heart will wear itself out and from what I understand I won't go on a whole lot longer. This is my understanding of my situation and people can and do vary depending upon their experience. 
    Respectively---- Richard 

  • 7.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 21 days ago
    Thank you Raymond for your reply...This has eased my mind very much, I still don't like it that I have
    it, but will not freak out anymore

    Mary H

  • 8.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 20 days ago
    Hi everyone,
    My name is Bev Goldstein.
    I am the President of chapter 333, the Villages Fl.
    I have afib. It does not stop me from living a healthy , productive, happy life.
    When I do go in to afib, sometimes my wonderful doctor needs to cardioversion
    me back to proper sinus rhythm.
    I have never heard:” it wears out your heart”!
    I question how reliable the source of that information is.
    I have learned that you will hear and read a lot of things.
    Especially, on line.
    That does not necessarily make it true.
    I think it’s very important to work with a cardiologist you trust and feel comfortable with.
    That really is the best person for you to bring your questions and concerns to!

    Sent from my iPhone

  • 9.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 20 days ago

    Hello Bev,
    So good to hear from you....and it is true that all questions should initially go
    to your trusted cardiologist and not Dr Google when you have questions

    I have never heard about wearing out the heart either, I too wonder why that
    was mentioned.

    I have also learned that caffeine and some food additives like MSG and High
    Fructose Corn Syrup can affect the hearts rhythm and really have to
    keep an eye on labels when shopping and stay away from Deli foods unless
    the ingredients are listed in plain sight

    Slow deep breathing in through the nose and then out through the mouth meditation
    is also wonderful on a daily basis or even throughout the day to calm anxiety ...
    Being aware of how moods affect us is also key to recovery in many cases


    Mary H

  • 10.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 19 days ago

  • 11.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 19 days ago
    I have been asymptomatic A-FIB  for the past several decades.  Heart valve replacement surgery (1992) did not correct it but appropriate medication has allowed me to live, what I consider to be, a productive and healthy life.  I am now 82 and president of Aiken, SC chapter 294..

    Philip Winsor
    Aiken SC
    (803) 641-1192

  • 12.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 18 days ago
    Actually I had a Cardiologist tell me that our hearts have a finite number of beats and I'm using mine up with all the arrhythmias I enjoy. He's no longer with us...I fired him.

    I was diagnosed with end stage heart disease 13 years ago and have so many different rhythm problems my heart beats to a different drummer. It is what it is, but here I am still spending the kids inheritance.

    We really need to stop with the doom and gloom and enjoy whatever time we have. There are no guarantees and frankly I could get killed tomorrow by an irate wife so why worry about my heart?

    Remember something I learned watching my mother-in-law spend 15 years waiting to really aren't living if all you do is worry about dying.


  • 13.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 18 days ago
    Hello everyone in this conversation. So glad Richard asked the question and happier still to see all the responses. Like all od you Afib and all that goes along with it the monitors and waiting for answers is scary. 
    Like Ralph, I quit one doctor to find another I trust completely. He explains everything to me and tells me why he is doing tests.
    Since my 4X CABG, I have had to have a pacemaker installed because my heart would just stop and I would pass out without warning. 
    Richard If you trust your cardiologist you will find your stress level will go down. If you do not trust them then find one you can trust. 
    My meds and pacemaker and CABG have all saved my life and I like the others who replied here, I am happy as hell it happened. It added years to my life and I am going to enjoy it. 
    Like you have read here, we have all had this worry, but it is what you do about it that will make the difference. Remember the old saying "Don't worry, be happy". It sounds dumb, but having your sense of humor will be you through the rough spots. 
    Take care all,

    Richard Short
    Chapter 395

  • 14.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 19 days ago
    I think I have had misinformation directed at me regarding the status of my heart. Thank you Ray for your input and the input from the other people who are dealing with afib. I'm 67 years old and have had afib for probably close to 20 years years before my ablation a year ago. 

  • 15.  RE: Ablation of the heart

    Posted 19 days ago
    Just a side note Richard,
    I quit smoking 3 months ago and am wearing a nicotine patch, and have had
    worsening palpatations in the past 2 weeks...After researching the Patch and
    its drawbacks, I may be getting too much now after I have not smoked for this
    amount of time

    I took off my Patch this morning and will give my body a rest from the nicotine
    I was using to offset the withdrawals...

    Thank you again for posting

    Mary H