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Cryo ablation tomorrow at 8AM

For the first time for PAF. I am freaking out. Horrible thoughts of post procedure stroke and phrenic nerve palsy are occupying my mind all day. My heart has been suspiciously calm lately.

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Probably this will be to late for your procedure today - I had Cryoablation last Monday and like you was absolutely terrified every possible risk was flagging up in my mind believe me !!! Once I was in the lab and under the wonderful care of the team they just 'took me over' it was so smooth dare I say comfortable and so supremely professional yet they still remembered there was a human being under their care - to go back to the ward in NSR was bliss - best of luck Cathy X

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Thank you Cathy.

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All over now? Freaking time past, a sense of calm hopefully and a feeling of that wasn't so bad after all. Lets hope for onwards and upwards....

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WAiting to get registered for the ablation. 😀Maybe in the next 2 hours. Thanks for the cheers.

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Well done you. Rest and be well.

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Good luck and remember to rest as much as possible afterwards.

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Thank you everyone I will check back soon.

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I've iv ports are now setup in both arms veins. The urinal catheter was inserted (so undignifying and painful but for the best). Now I am just waiting for my turn

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A urinal catheter? I don't think I had one of those at my first ablation?? I am due a PVI soon and have exactly the same fears as you. Except the phrenic nerve palsy.. I didn't know that risk so will add that to my list of obsessive fears lol. I am so hoping that your ablation works for you and you have a better quality of life. I pray for this for myself and all of us too xx

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Thank you. Since they pump saline during the procedure it would be imossible for a person to go to bathroom during the 3 hrs ablation. How long did your first ablation work ?

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Oh gosh. I definitely didn't have a catheter the first time and mine lasted for almost 5 hours. But it wasn't a PVI or am ablation for AF so maybe it was a bit different. Mine didn't work which is why I am having the more invasive one this time. Keep us posted. And hope the nerves have settled and you are feeling good :)

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Hope it's done by now and all is well! The waiting is the hardest isn't it!

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Thank you all so very much for your word of support. Doctors have finished the PVI cryo ablation. The EP said it went well. It all took two hours. I am in recovery room. I do feel moderate dull pain in the chest when breathing too deep. They said it is not unusual and will go away soon. I asked if they damaged phrenic nerve but they think not but Even they did EP said it woul be asymptomatic in most cases and would return to normal in a short time . I think I just got an ectopic beat. I also hope not to develop pulmonary vein stenosis in the near future however rare it is. Let's the 3 month of healing begin. I hope to go back to the world tomorrow. I will post on the progress. I wish all the braves ones out there all the best in their fight against AF. Please free to ask me any question.

Cheers

Alex

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Good morning Alex hope you had a reasonably comfortable night? My chest felt stiff and sore for a few days but it did ease quite quickly - I was euphoric for first few days after my Cryoablation last week although very tired - I'm now getting some 'bouncing' and what feels like short runs of AF - but I'm assured this is all par for the course. But I can't stress enough relax relax relax - kind regards Cathy

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How you doing these days. I’m new to this forum, and had af 4 times in the last 2 years. I’m 39 years old, started at 391 lbs 2 years ago, now 310 lbs. should I get an ablation? In the last week, I had gone into afib 2 times. Previously 1 time each year. I am still working hard to attain my 230 lbs goal over 1 more year. It’s just a very hard life to live with being in doubt all the time I go away from home. Sorry for the lengthy detail, hope your doing well. I live in California.

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Hello, everyone.

This is my day 2 after the cryoablation, that lasted about 2 hrs. It seems that chest discomfort/pain is now gone. It feels like before the procedure. I have been having a little bit of a headache and sore throat in the past 2 days. Tylenol seems to help. I hope they did not damage phrenic nerve. I was told it happens sometimes but most people have no symptoms and recover within a year. Other 2 risks were less common: Pulmonary vein stenosis (can show up in a year and harder to treat), esaphogeal injury (fistula) is very rare but can only be treated with emergency surgery to have a chance of survival. Interestingly the mild damage to esophageal wall is not that uncommon and often goes unnoticed and heals on its own. I took Tylenol and it helped. Since ablation I noticed a few ectopic heart beats during the day and at night but nothing to be alarmed of. I was told that this would be expected. I am back on Xarelto 20mg for the next 3 month. I was told to stop taking Bisoprolol and Flecanide.

I will keep you posetd soon.

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