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3 weeks postablation for AFIB now SVT

Hi

Seem to have daily bouts now of SVT rate 180-242. They usually last about two hours. The longest was today where it took 3 hours to stop. I took flexainide as PIP. I know everyone has said its normal to have this sort of thing. I’m not best at coping with it. I tried to get through to NHS 24 to ask them if I should let the rate continue or go to A&E to get it stopped when i was at the 2.5 hour stage. There was a long queue and so it stopped at the 3 hour point before they answered.

My cardiologist peeviouly has said to to A&E after 2 hours or severe chest pain. But wasn’t sure if because this is post ablation then I should tolerate a bit longer ?

I was also worried that my ablation for AFIB which only occured monthly has caused SVT.

Sorry to keep posting.

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That must be very uncomfortable for you, scary too. When I was having almost nightly bouts of svt my rate was only ~125_140. I don’t get them since I began taking magnesium citrate.

I’m sure itcan’t do any harm for you to give that a go(unless you have kidney problems, when you’d have to ask your doctor first).

I take magnesium in daily tablet form but I did try two heaped teaspoons of mag citrate powder dissolved in warm water during my last svt episode and it stopped 2 minutes later. That was several years ago now.

Pat

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Hi Elsie, I can see that must be upsetting, I guess you haven't got a number to call at the hospital that did the ablation? I am not sure if Flecainide is the right treatment for SVT so I would definitely go to A&E if that is what has been suggested by your cardiologist. The worry of expecting it to happen every day probably encourages it to happen too. Maybe it would help if you could find a pattern to the attacks?

I hope your heart calms down soon 💗

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I went to A&E on Monday but by the time the ECG was done it stopped. I asked the doc if ok to take flecainide for what looked like SVT and he said yes but he wasn’t really listening I don’t think. I was in NSR so understandably he just wanted to move onto urgent cases. I phoned the hospital that did the ablation and they said go to the GP and the GP just said go to A&E so full circle !

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Is there a rhythm nurse team at the hospital you had your ablation at? I would call them. or contact your EP through their secretary for clarification as to what to do

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Not sure where I get this contact number but have contacted GP to see if they can help - waiting on call back.

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I should go to A and E with such a high heart rate. One member of the forum has been advised to go after 10 minutes- maybe she will advise when she sees this

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I’ve got a cardioligy department number from GP. My GP said she couldn’t advise me what to do as she was not a cardiology expert. I phoned but everything closed today due to red weather alert. Not sure we would get the car out today if I did have another turn.

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