New Here - Ablation - What to Expect
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|Thu, 12-25-2008 - 8:25pm|
I'm new to this board. I'm 43 and am scheduled for an ablation on the 15th. I've had 3 hospitalizations since October of 2007 for an arrhythmia. The worst of it was last October when the holter monitor picked up 5000 extra heartbeats during a 24 hour period. When the arrhythmia starts, it feels like my heart is skipping beats. At its worst, my blood pressure drops, as does my potassium. I get light-headed and winded very easily. So my cardiologist sent me to an arrhythmia specialist. Several years ago I had a cardiac catherization and it was pretty uncomfortable and it seems that this procedure is pretty similar. I'm nervous about what to expect. Has anyone had it and how uncomfortable was the procedure? Does it really cure the problem? How often does it show up in another area? I'm hoping that I will not need to have another one of these.