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Av node ablation pacemaker


hi all

Had my ep appointment on Friday prof schilling called to an emergency so saw registrar after discussing various options he suggested an av node ablation unless when he speaks with prof prof decides he has a burning desire to try another ablation I'm scared it seems so final have other people had pace and ablate done and if so how are they doing


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I personally haven't but can assure you that I have seen have been quite a few posts about pace and ablate by people who have had one and done well or have included it in a thread.

Just wanted to say as many who find a solution tend to leave the forum and I wanted to answer you.

Read as much as you can about it and note down all your concerns and questions before you decide.

Best wishes CD.

Ppyork in reply to CDreamer



I had a pace and ablate last year, apart from medication to help blood flow easier I no longer need arrhythmia medication ,I am still aware of AF episodes but no longer have the awful side effects and visits to casualty.

I returned to work after a long spell off and feel normal again. I do however understand that this is not the case for everyone but I have had a remarkable recovery.

Good luck.



Ppyork in reply to wendicarro

Thank you it's nice to know


So good to read this, as it looks as though I am heading in the same direction and am very apprehensive.

After two RF Ablations and one Cardioversion as well as failing all the meds I had my AV Node Ablated last Thursday. I can now breathe properly again and feel that I have more energy. I've had my Pacemaker in since 2012 so it was no problem for it to take over. It has been set to 90bpm and in four weeks will be set at 60bpm.

I think it's good to acknowledge where you've come from on this journey however look at the positives of the future and how it's going to make life easier.


Ppyork in reply to tibetan36

Thank you Barry so nice to hear of your success chris

tibetan36 in reply to Ppyork

Compared to RF Ablations an AV node ablation is a piece of cake.......only took 45 mins instead of hours.

Also no more antiarythmic drugs to put up with.


Ppyork in reply to tibetan36

That sounds good to me 😊😍

Hi Chris,

I had the AV node ablation on Friday last week after having my pacemaker fitted 6 weeks ago ( and the first ablation cancelled due to time restraints 4 weeks after). I have been absolutely fine over the weekend. I had no pain either during or after the procedure (and actually told the ep that I'd have more painful 'poohs')! My Digoxin and Amiodarone were stopped the same day (which I was glad of the Amiodarone stopping). I am on all other same drugs but I don't take any 'blood thinners' due to having a stroke which was a bleed in January of this year and the stroke doctors and cardiologist can't decide which way is the best to go.

I hope your procedure goes as well as mine and that you feel loads better afterwards! Please let me know.


groesclose in reply to walker66

Hi, Walker66, i hope you don't mind me asking but i just happened along your post and noticed it was from 1 year ago. You sounded so positive and happy then. I am on the road to a pacemaker and AV node ablation. I wondered how you are currently? I hope all is well. Thanks.

walker66 in reply to groesclose

Hi, when I had my pace and ablate proceedure done in 2016, I was really looking forward to a better quality of life , and that seemed the case initially.

Then things started going downbank again last year and I had to have that pacemaker removed and a two lead pacemaker and defibrillator put in! I feel better again now and I hope this carries on because I never want to go through that proceedure again! It was really painful!

Please don't look at this negatively because I have a lot of other medical issues going on aswell as the af! If it was just the af I was commenting on, the proceedure did have a positive impact on my qol.

If you do have to go down the pace and ablate route, I hope it makes a lot of difference to you aswell, and the initial proceedure share nothing to worry about at all. So good luck, and best wishes for a speedy recovery to a healthier life, and please keep me informed of the outcome.



groesclose in reply to walker66

Thankyou so much for your reply, Sharon. I do hope everthing is going along okay for you now. What an experience. I am due to see my cardilogist 22 feb and i'm still not sure what to do. I think maybe a miracle is around the corner and pace n ablate is supposed to give me a better quality of life but so scare and such a one way street. Bit fed up really because i need hernia repair and now, would you believe am having trouble with a back tooth that will probably need to be extracted and as i'm on apixaban might get complicated. Not sure what quality of life for a 71 year old should be anymore. It took me 5 months to learn to walk again after my stroke 5 years ago and i'm still working on an improvement from that! I really need to get on and actually live my life. Had enough of trying to get better. Thanks again for the information. Very informative. Best wishes.

Hi Sharon thank you for replying so pleased to hear such positive posts I'll post on here when I have mine done chris


My problems were more than AF however I needed a pacemaker which I had in August 2014. It's set at 60 BPM and if I exercise it can go to 125. After 5 yrs of inactivity the pacemaker and meds let me visit the gym 5/6 days a week.

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