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Ablation and Dementia


I have been posting and relplying a lot these last few days mainly because I'm having a Cryoablation on Octobef 19. I finished pre op testing yesterday so I guess this means I'm set to go or run away! Your posts and replies are helping me so much , I can't thank you enough. Helping me make my decision I have read some information about atrial fibulation and dementia. As many of us know, many of the medications we take causes us to experience brain fog. Turns out that this brain fog isn't just from medication but from AFib iirself. AFib left untreated can cause Alzheimer's disease. I wasn't aware of this but it does make sense.

I found an article by Dr John Day . He was part of a study which concluded that ablation on AFib sufferers who were successfully cured greatly reduced there chance of developing dementia. He also stated that lifestyle changes were important after ablation.

Knowing this information has convinced me that the path of ablation and continuing healthy lifestyle is the answer for me, hope you all find this informative , Gracey

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I think the mechanics is multiple mini clots causing microscopic strokes affecting tiny areas of the brain. Always good to get rid of AF if possible.

Good luck not that you will need it.


MarkS in reply to BobD

Agreed, Bob. The key is to make sure you're coagulated continuously through the ablation. It's a very high risk procedure for micro-emboli which cause brain fog and ultimately dementia. Anti-coagulation with warfarin or NOACs is very effective in preventing these as long as it's uninterrupted.

There are many reasons why you may develop brain fog, yes AF may be one of them, but there are also many other causes such as people with autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions, infections such as Lymes Disease or those nutritionally deficient or oxygen deprived, alcohol and drug use, or sleep deprived will also experience brain fog.

I am currently taking Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy which is has really helped brain fog.

Gracey23 in reply to CDreamer

Very interesting, can you explain hyperbaric therapy? Gracey

Mazza23 in reply to Gracey23

I had terrible brain fog the day after my ablation could hardly string two words together I had never had a GA before so put it down to that . I have had a pretty good recovery so far went out for the first time yesterday only a ride in the car and afternoon tea was shattered by the time got home heart had a few little hiccups so goes to show we have to take it easy . Sure you will be fine I wanted to do a runner right up to the last minute but glad I didn't xx

Gracey23 in reply to Mazza23

Thanks Mazza, yes I'm terrified! I have never had GA either and not looking forward to it. I'm glad you are doing well and thank you for your support. October 19 is coming, Gracey

Mazza23 in reply to Gracey23

Just remember you are not alone xx

Gracey23 in reply to Mazza23

Mazza, thank you, Gracey

Mazza23 in reply to Gracey23

If you need someone to talk to you can message me Marie x

Hi Gracey - article sounds really interesting have you got a link to it or title so I can search for it?

Best wishes


Gracey23 in reply to cathycon

Cathy, I'm sorry but I didn't save the link. It was one of those nights when I couldn't sleep so just was scrolling around on my phone. I know it was an article on dr John Day so maybe you can find it. Sorry, I couldn't be more helpful! Gracey

This is very interesting as suspect there is a vascular connection .How are you now? My heart failure symptoms caused the MI cardiac arrest yet no trial wants to know as no damage.NB The Brompton genetic & Barts stem cell ONE NB Yesterdays One show BBC TV .Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension revealed itself on Reveal Device nor revealing cause of possible syncope being inappropriately monitored by the technical after referred my self with the MI [ 10 yrs ago] when saw in ward a post , Then can 't operate the cardiac device well as dyspraxic.

Could it be the NHS policy of being evidence based? My problems do not show up on holter monitors & echos etc .Just like my uti tests.Could this be the cocktail of preventative medications like thyroxine ? And negligence of rare auto immune & genetic disorders When Drs doing research have criteria administered by those on remits & contracts oh dear? Sepsis then rears its head & the dreaded dementia This is how the chronic becomes acute .This is how chronic become bed blockers if can summon assistance or access in time??!!

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