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Ablation for PSVT

I’ve been scheduled in to get an ablation for Psvt which I’ve had since I was in my 20s (now 26) which has gotten worse. I was wondering what other people’s experiences have been with this procedure? I am fairly scared because I was told I have a 1 in 800 chance of needing a pacemaker and 1 in 1000 chance of something serious going wrong that can result in life changing outcomes...

I don’t want to end up worse than I did going in.

Also how is it like for people needing to travel with Psvt? Do they have paramedics on a plane to administer adenosine if patients need it?

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Do remember that in today's litigious society they have to tell us every possibility so we don't sue them so these risks are really quite small. Everything in life is about risk management and balance. If you took no risks you would stay in bed all day and get bed sores!

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I can't advise re the risk- which sounds low from what you have said, but have been told this type of ablation is very straightforward so don't worry too much.

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Yas, I lie here writing this 2 hours after my first ablation. Apart from the terror I felt on the way to the operating theatre, the procedure itself was a piece of cake. The stats you quoted are very favourable. Get it done, and get back on with your life.

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