Hi. Newly joined this forum and have been reading some of the discussion topics on cardiac arrhythmia with interest. My own 'tale of woe': been suffering from atrial ectopics since 1973, which came and went over the years. 'Upgraded' to A.Fib. around 1996, temporarily alleviated by cardioversion several times, and ultimately relieved by propafenone (ectopics largely suppressed also) and returned in Aug. 2001. Started on Atenolol 100 mg daily; had catheter ablation in Dec. 2001 which seemed to fix the A.Fib. but not the ectopics which came and went over ensuing years. They came back with avengeance two years ago, accompanied by occasional atrial tachycardia, and I've been trying to cope with them ever since. Cardiologist prescribed - in addition to the Atenolol - Flecainide, which I increased in steps as advised; now on 200 mg per day but unsure whether stepping up to the max. advised dose of 300 mg would help, as ectopics seem to have broken through again, following a period of absence from them - so I was gutted when they returned. They're here with me now. A by-product of all this is anxiety, which in turn acts as a catalyist that help sustain the ectopics so I'm hoping that a Sertralene prescription, which I start tomorrow (6th March '17) will help to address the anxiety, which has been simply wretched for me on top of everything else.
I wonder if anyone has info. regarding availability of catheter ablation procedures for ectopics (as opposed to A.Fib.) As far as I can tell, there's only about 2 hospitals in the UK (Birmingham and London) where this type of surgery is offered, which rather puzzles me, given the huge numbers of people out there who are suffering this horrible type of arrhythmia. My cardiologist in Glasgow Royal Infirmary does plenty ablations each year but he said they 'don't do' ablation of ectopics in his hospital. Ablation for A.Fib. seems almost routine these days but the question of ablation for ectopics seems to be hardly touched upon. Would appreciate what anyone else's take on this would be. Good wishes to everyone reading this.