Have suffered from AF and (what I thought was) SVT for 5 years and been in and out of hospital with it.
Last Thursday week I went into SVT and ended up in hospital again. It finally lowered and then I had an angio Friday morning to check for blockages due to some other symptoms.
Friday night I went itno SVT and/or AF 3 times - badly enough for 3 "medalerts" (think crash cart code blue kinda stuff) within 90 minutes. I was drowned in Adenisine twice and was finally cardioverted on the 3rd one.
I guess fortunately all 3 episodes were fully recorded so the medical team could review everything and see exactly what was happening.
My electrophysiologist decided what had been diagnosed as SVT was actually atrial flutter (not that I know the difference) and I had that as well as AF.
Up until then an ablation would have been elective for me which meant my health fund would have covered most but I would have still been several thousand out of pocket. Because this all happened while I was in it was changed to mandatory and because of our health system, would be free for me.
Initially the electrophysiologist said I would have to wait until January but again because of the events in hospital I was moved up the list and had my first of two ablations last Friday. The first was to address the flutter and the second will be to address the AF. That being said he feels that my AF should subside dramatically now the flutter is under control.
He was excellent and I feel very confident with him plus he got glowing reports from the staff which was a plus.
Due to another emergeency he couldn't spend much time with me before I was released so I was wondering if you guys could shed some light. I will be to see him in 2-3 weeks but was curious on the following:
1. I have read I should probably expect some AF/flutter after the ablation. Is this common or uncommon? I feel great at the moment and unlike most days where I can feel my heart kind of murmuring (you know what I mean) it feels strong and and I am not getting any kind of signals to indicate it's unhappy.
2. If AF or flutter afterwards is common is it usually milder than you would usually get? Would this usually start happening straight away or develop over time?
3. I am sleeping better than I have for ages and my energy levels seems to have returned to normal after years of feeling lethargic and "drab" for most of the day. Is this something others have noticed? I have been started on Thyroxin to address a SLIGHT hypothyroid issue so I wonder if thats whats helping my energy levels...
I know I am using terms like "normally" for something that isn't perhaps normal but because many of the stories post ablation are negative ones (understandably people talk more about the bad then the good) I am wondering if a good, solid trouble free result from ablation is common or the exception?
Should I expect problems ongoing?