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EP study and ablation


I recently received the results of my holter device as I have palpitations and it shows PSVT, the doctor have advised me to do an EP study and probably an ablation.

This is all through NHS so far. I am little bit nervous about all these as I was told that this operation may have risk factors. Does anyone has experience with an EP study good or bad and if you went privately or through NHS? I am not sure which is better. Listening to the risk factors of having the EP study that may damage or worsen the situation scares me a little bit. Does this depends on the bad operation of the doctor on how he will operate the catheter? Any advise please will be helpful.

Thank you.

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Generally speaking from my own experience the risks explained are as much so that you can't sue the doctor should anything go wrong than actually a real risk. There are exceptions and I have had experience of one such very rare (less than 0.1%) risk but I am still here!

EP studies and ablations are procedure not operations and are minimally invasive in that only a very small incision is made to insert the catheter. Provided that all normal pre procedure formalities are followed and you are anti-coagulated as required there is probably more risk travelling to the hospital. Doing nothing is risky!


Bob do you mind if I ask what your experience was? I appreciate if this is too personal to share and I also understand you don't want to scare people on the forum. I am just curious as I have developed symptoms over time and sometimes worry it is as a result of my previous ablation especially the sensation of a bubble under my sternum and light headedness when I exert myself too much or change position or stretch. But it could be totally unrelated to my ablation and I am just worrying about having another one!! No worries if you would prefer not to discuss :) hope you are well :)


PM me and I will answer.

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I would prefer to have any operation/procedure that has a remote possibility of going catastrophically wrong in an NHS hospital as private hospitals are not really equipped for such emergencies. However for an ablation the equipment needed is only (as far as I know) available in NHS hospitals so the only difference is that you would have the procedure sooner and maybe have more choice of EP.

NB Remote!


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