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Hospital rang today

I got a telephone message today to offer me a bi-ventricular Pace-maker implant on Wednesday. Not a lot of notice but I’m going for it. The first part of the Pace & Ablate. Somewhat nervous.

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Great news and you may even be fit again for Jean's breakfast on 21st! Keep us posted.

All the best

Bob xx

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Errrr.....isn’t it the 26th?

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Yes BobD 26th September.

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senility rules!

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I know the feeling only too well.

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Thanks Bob - fingers crossed.

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Great news CD, but avoid any frantic arm waving when you see BobD. Best wishes, John

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CDreamer!

What an opportunity! I know nothing about this procedure.... but I do know I have learned so much from you. Nevertheless, Here is my advice:

Reach deep. Follow your instincts. Fear is a part of that as long as it doesn’t take the front seat. Pack the front seat with the facts and courage needed, then start the car!

Wishing you God-speed, my friend. 🌸🙂

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Please God all goes well

All the best

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Hi just to wish you good luck and Hope it all goes well for you. Keep us posted 😀

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Good news CDreamer - it’ll be over before you know it.

Best wishes and let us know how you are. xx

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Good luck. You know your own mind and have made the decision you feel is right for you. Unnerving when it comes quickly but I am sure that won't throw you. Here's to much better and more comfortable heart health.

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Oh CD, I had no idea you were waiting for this. It's all come a bit sudden hasn't it, but sounds like it's meant to be. Best wishes for a successful outcome. Will be thinking of you and waiting for news.

Jean X

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The decision was made back in May and been discussed for about a year so nothing I have rushed into but just not much notice but evidently they are doing an extra session on Wednesday so they put me in. Thanks Jean - hopefully see you at the breakfast. x

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I'm looking forward to meeting you. Now, no showing off the new you and cycling to the breakfast!!! x

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Good luck

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Not a lot of time to think about it though! Good luck!

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How pleasing to have such a short wait! All good wishes.

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All good wishes to you CD . Looking forward to your report.

Sandra

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Thats great, wishing you well for Wednesday,will be watching for your updates.

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In many respects good you have not got to think about it for too long, but I bet your heart was in your mouth (oops that is a very unintentional pun) when you answered the phone.

Best wishes that all goes well.

Pete

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That’s great CD, I know you have already thought about this long and hard, gives you less time to stress. I hope this is your first step to a much brighter future and I wish you a great outcome. It looks like this is my last option too so am very interested in any reports from you. Keep us posted and I will be thinking of you. 😘

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Hope all goes well and you have a speedy recovery Your strong minded person which will give you the strength required to get over this Sometimes short notice is good

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Very best wishes for a trouble-free outcome. Please let us know how you get on. Xx

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Great news, best wishes X

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Gd luck

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Very best wishes.

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Hi CD :-) that sounds great, no time to think about having the procedure

Wishing you a speedy recovery....

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Do let us know how you get on, really interested to hear the result and any effects, what medication you will require afterwards, etc.

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NO to any AF medication other than anticoagulants. It won’t stop AF but it should mean I don’t suffer as much from the symptoms.

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Had ‘pace and ablate’ a few months ago though I already had the pacemaker for 10 years. Good luck with the procedure. Was very nervous beforehand. I only remember the sedation going in, shut my eyes, seemed to open them immediately and it was all over...and a great result. Hope you are just as satisfied .

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Yep well I wish I could have sedation, unfortunately I can’t do I think that is what I am bit nervous about as it does take the edge off but the nurse says they only offer sedation to very anxious patients and it will all be done under a local. Thanks for your encouragement.

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I had a two lead dual pacemaker done under local only - it was not traumatic nor painful. I was home same day (not home but at sisters being waited on I booked myself in for a 2 week ‘holiday’). I always plan my recovery to make me happy it’s not nice having to have so much treatment you have to look out for your overall well being as well in these situations.

I’m sure things will go well and be over in no time.

Keep well.

Jo

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Hey! Great news CD. You beat me to it. I know this is what you wanted and the short notice limits any last minute nerves you may have.

To paraphrase Franklin D. Roosevelt (again - for the second time in a week): There is nothing to fear but fear itself.

Best wishes.

Ian

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Best wishes to you, CD! I hope all goes well for you.

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Wishing you well. Hope everything goes really smoothly. Take care xx

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I do hope it all goes well for you and it improves your quality of life.You may remember that I was offered this around the same time as you were.After much thought and many questions I decided against it , for now.Wishing you all the best for Wednesday.I will follow your progress with great interest.

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I’ll keep you updated. I guess this is the easy bit - the AV Ablate may be a little more complicated. They say I’ll be home by evening.

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Best Wishes to you, all will be well.

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Dear CD , the very best of luck if this is what you have been waiting for . Hope all goes very well indeed. Cheers Gladys xxx.

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Glad your day has come round with little notice in the end, you need to get it over with, as the decision is long made.

All good wishes for an uncomplicated implant and recovery.

Jo

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Hope all goes well CD - Still dilly dallying here at the moment re my pace and ablate. Let us know how you get on.

Cassie

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All the best for the procedure and a wonderful future beyond CD x

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Please don't be nervous, it is a relatively simple procedure and doesn't take long, I had mine three years ago and it has given me a new lease of life, marvellous little thing, that coupled with a drug or two and I am living a good life. Good luck x

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All the best cdreamer!! These are the best kind of appointments ..... you don’t not have too long to sit worrying about it!! Will be thinking of you x

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Sending best wishes for your procedure. In the next day or so just breathe!!

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Hello I see most of the replies here are from friends, but if you do log in again please could you tell me what me what is the condition you are having the pace and ablate for?

I have been offered it for AF rapid heart rate. Having been told that many people have pace and ablate fir this problem I have not found anyone in my social circle who has been recommended this treatment for AF/rapid heart rate. Thankyou and I hope all goes well for you.

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It is to treat AF. Normally a last resort option. I have had AF for 12 years, been on beta blockers and rythm drugs which helped for a while but AF broke through. Had 2 ablations, last of which left me AF free for 3 years but September 2016 AF broke through again and after 3 blue light rides and episodes increasing in duration and coming closer together - about every other day for 5-9 hours - I decided I needed to take up the offer of Pace & Ablate in May, Of course since then I have been relatively well and haven’t had an episode for several weeks but I know as winter draws in I will be affected as soon as I get the first virus or infection - I am immune suppressed so any infection carries much greater risks for me than for others.

There are quite a few people on the forum who have had Pace & Ablate and have found a much better quality of life as although it doesn’t stop the AF, it does pace the ventricles at a steady rate, thus improving QOL.

Hope that helps.

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I had a Pace and Ablate 3 weeks ago. First was the Pacemaker implant and then a month later the AV Node Ablation. I was very scared but when I woke from the procedure I could tell immediately how much better I was.

I suffered for years, 18 years ago I had a Mitral valve replaced and then slowly but surely, AFib started to rule my life. After several types of meds for rate and rhythm over the years my EP and Cardiologist decided on this method. I had syncope and that resulted in split scalp or goose egg size bumps and level 3 concussion.

The last year was the worst, it felt as if I had 2 Mexican jumping beans trying to do the Tango in my chest, the thumping and carrying on was horrific. I gained too much weight due to minimal exercise being so out of breath and exhausted, every day was like I ran a marathon when I did simple chores.

Now, my BP is steady, my heart rate is set for 80 and this Wednesday it’ll be changed to 70. I can’t express how the change for the better this is for me and my husband. I’m 70 and the Pacemaker should last 11.5 years before I’ll need another. I’m still in recovery, the heart has to heal from the burn and get used to being directed by the Pacemaker.

CD, I can only hope you feel as brilliant after your procedure as I. Please keep us posted when you are up to it.

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Sending my very best wishes for tomorrow CD x

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Hope all goes well and the "new" you feels great.

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Good for you 😃 keep us posted x

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I have gone through all the medications and they either don’t agree and don’t help. I developed heart failure too so once and ablate is now the way forward for me too hopefully the next few months. Please keep us up to date on your experiences and good luck. X

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Hi

I've got a dual chamber pacemaker which I had done under local anaesthetic without sedation and it really isn't that traumatic. I wish you well and hope this improves your quality of life

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Thanks that really reassuring to know.

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Hope it all goes well CD , and looking forward to meeting the " improved " you at Breakfast x

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Good luck for tomorrow..we will all be thinking of you.x

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Hi

I had a dual lead pm fitted nearly 3 years ago and have only had 2 af events since each lasted for 3-4 hours and not had the av node ablation. So see how it goes don’t rush the ablation I’m so pleased with the pacemaker no more endless trips to A and E

Good luck

Mel

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Brilliant less time to worry. Good luck.

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Fantastic news. I just had the node to nowhere ablated. Is the pace and ablated together done to prevent possible failure or need for another ablation? Will you still need to take Rx? Sounds dependable = peace of mind. Sending positive thoughts your way.

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Thanks, pacemaker tomorrow - ablation of AV node in about 6 weeks but I have taken on board comments to not rush it.

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Best of luck hope you recover quickly. Less waiting hopefully means less stress, it'll soon be over and done. Keep smiling you are a great inspiration to others.

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Good news for you, I’m sure all will go well with the procedure .

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Oh good luck Cdreamer,not much notice but perhaps good in a way that you dont have time to dwell...

All the best and take care xx

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Best of luck For tomorrow CD hope all goes well and see you on the 26th. Val

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You will have sedation for the Ablation part. I didn’t have it for the pacemaker going in. That’s not bad at all - just a lot of pushing where it’s being inserted. You’ll soon get used to it though it feels a bit odd when you are lying on that side in bed.It feels like it is creeping up under your chin😀You will soon forget it’s there and realise how useful it is. Good luck.

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Good news best wishes for speedy recovery. Be gentle with yourself. I ll be thinking of you. You will be grand.

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Am wishin you g you well good luck 😊

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Fantastic. Wishing you a speedy recovery CD.

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