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Back in the hospital after my AF ablation 5 days ago 😫

Alfieros
Alfieros

I was just re-admitted today in atrial fibrillation and then it changed to atrial flutter. They are going to do a cardioversion if I don’t go back to normal sinus rhythm by tomorrow. They are putting me on different medications now trying to convert me. Sheesh. I’m not in the same hospital that I had my cardio ablation but they are associated with each other so the doctors are communicating with each other. The nurse practitioner from the original hospital said this is not a considered a failed ablation as my heart is still inflamed and that these things can happen. I can only hope.

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Oh that’s horrible for you. I was readmitted the day after my ablation but eventually went back to NSR after a cocktail of verapamil and Flecenaide, it took about 7-8 hours. Hope things get better for you

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to Maura5

Oh that sounds good. Glad for you. Was your ablation a success as far as stopping your a fib?

Maura5
Maura5 in reply to Alfieros

Unfortunately it didn’t work for me this time , so I’m having it repeated.

Best wishes for your recovery

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to Maura5

Hi Maura, Thank you. I’m sorry it didn’t work. All the best to you for your future ablation. Maybe just some tweaks? 🙏🏼

Maura5
Maura5 in reply to Alfieros

Thanks 🙏

Hang in there. I was readmitted 2 weeks after my ablation 6 1/2 weeks ago and developed pericarditis (inflammation). I’m still having daily AFib episodes but my EP is confident after the inflammation settles I will be fine. You may find the post I wrote last week called ‘Gender Differences’ interesting as you may be in a similar boat to me. Take care and try not to stress x

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to Kaz747

Thank you. I will find that post. I hope that you will be afib free after your inflammation goes away.

Kaz747
Kaz747 in reply to Alfieros

You too 😉

Don't worry yet. I developed atrial flutter 9 days after my succesful afib PVI cryo ablation on 29 jan. Symptoms were high hr on any movement and breathlessness just walking to the kitchen.

I had to have a second ablation a month after the first, in the right atria for reentrant flutter, an easier less risky , 95 % succesful ablation. That stopped the flutter.. I have not had either AF or A flutter since and have been totally drug free since May 15th!

Obviously I cannot say you have the same as me or you will react in the same way but major improvement is definitely possible so just treat this as a setback only.

If you need to know anything else about .my experience then just ask

Best of luck

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to KMRobbo

Thank you for responding. I’m so very happy for you and hope for the same results for me 🙏🏼

jondeanp
jondeanp in reply to KMRobbo

I was first diagnosed with AF, but after a couple of successful cardioversions, over a span of a few years, i ended up being diagnosed with Flutter.

I was offered a dual ablation for Flutter & AF, but opted for the Flutter procedure only.

That was in Feb this year, and so far i have been free of any arrythmia

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to jondeanp

That’s awesome!!

wilsond
wilsond in reply to jondeanp

I am down for dual too.wondering if to go for the flutter side first and see how much difference it makes to the af.Flutter being easier t o fix?!! Glad you are well.x

jondeanp
jondeanp in reply to wilsond

A massive decision for me. A lot of people advising if the option to have both were on offer then to have it done in one go is the sensible choice.

I decided based on the fact that that flutter ablation is the “easier” procedure with a better success rate.

I hoped that it may eliminate the flutter and stop any AF. If AF does return then at least flutter would have been dealt with.

I wish you all the best whichever route you take

wilsond
wilsond in reply to jondeanp

Thank you ,it's a hard call!I just have a gut feeling to try one at a time rather than both sides at once.Going to contact EP soon ,on long waiting list so got time to think! 12 to 18 months here,and only been on it 3 month s......keep well xx

jondeanp
jondeanp in reply to wilsond

I had an 18 month wait (Coventry too 😉), which makes things even harder on the deliberating

My EP was Dr Osman

wilsond
wilsond in reply to jondeanp

That's mine too!hope he does the procedure himself.Take care! X

jondeanp
jondeanp in reply to wilsond

I ended up getting mine done in a mobile operating room at Rugby hospital (waiting list reduction plan)

uhcw.nhs.uk/news/new-clinic...

The team that dealt with me were second to none

wilsond
wilsond in reply to jondeanp

They mentioned that to me as a possibility...watch this space then!!!😀😀thanks for the reassurance here.

BobD
BobDVolunteer

This is far from unusual and may still end up with a good outcome. I needed DC cardioversion after two of my ablations which then left me AF free. Time is the great healer and with ablation that is three to six months.

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to BobD

Thank you Bob 😀

Obviously a disappointment and not what you were expecting but as you can see, not uncommon. Definitely not an indication that your ablation has failed. Best of luck with the CV, probably all done by now......

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to FlapJack

Thank you so much. I actually went into NSR, on my own, during the night, so no need for CV. I feel great right now. They’re sending me home tomorrow with new meds and I’m hoping for the best. Great to have all of you here, (though I wish no one ever had afib) that know from experience, what to expect.

FlapJack
FlapJack in reply to Alfieros

Yubbadabbadoo.....now that’s what I call a result.....lots of rest, things could still be delicate.....👍

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to FlapJack

Indeed. I plan on really taking it easy for awhile!!

wilsond
wilsond in reply to Alfieros

Great news!

Best of luck and great to hear you are on the mend 👍

Sorry to hear that, but don't lose heart.

I went into fast AF the day after my ablation, so was kept in instead of going home. Went back on my pills and all was well the following day. About 6-8 weeks later I went back into Af and had a cardioversion. That was two years ago and I've been totally AF free for almost 5 months now.

Jean

Jean that’s the best results ever. Are you off of all your meds?

I no longer take Flecainide and Metoprolol, just on Warfarin. I didn't realise that the Flecainide, which originally worked so well, was actually giving me heart problems.

Jean

Glad it was sorted out. 😀😀

Hope all goes well for you xx

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to wilsond

Thank you.

My alblation didn't work I had mine done Sept 25th and I'm worse now then I was b4 .my primary Dr gave me adivan and increased my blood pressure meds .I had the 48 heart monitor done but haven't seen the surgery yet as I go back to see him November 2nd but my primary care doctor did receive results and said I am having them all the time. It scares me to think that it didn't work but know now they r worse has me very concerned.thank God for my primary Dr giving me the Ativan to calm them down where I barely feel them

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to Terrielynne

I know you must feel discouraged but is everyone here is saying, it seems that we really don’t know if an ablation is a success until all the scars heal. Maybe you’ll just need a tweak? I wish you all the best!

Terrielynne
Terrielynne in reply to Alfieros

Thank u ..I think I'm just depressed over this I feel I've been through so much since the surgery.

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to Terrielynne

Yes you have been through a lot. I pray for wisdom for the doctors treating you and for your depression to be replaced by joy!!

Kaz747
Kaz747 in reply to Terrielynne

Hi Terrielynne, sorry to hear about your troubles. I had an ablation on 14 September and have had a lot of problems since but my EP is still confident that when the inflammation settles I will be okay. Here is a link about gender differences in healing that I wrote last week:

healthunlocked.com/afassoci...

Things will calm down hopefully-It is very early in the healing process

I had six cardioversions (first one a day after second ablation for flutter) three more within two weeks of ablation- and two more in the following four months . I am back on Flecanide and metoprolol after having propananole(spelling? And Amiodarone.

Just returned from follow up with EP. He said the flutter developed after my first AFIB ablation ( was AFIB and med free for nine months ) I still have flutter and without Flec would go into it.

Flecanide is keeping flutter and fib at bay for now. So I asked to monitor for now. Problem that happened for me is that I have a slight (25%) prolonged QRT on my Echo which started when I went back on Flec prior to my second ablation (two months) Flec dose can not be higher than 2x 50 mg per day.

I will be having a third ablation but I asked to have a break as long as everything is going on.

I have vivid memories of the ER/ and conversions - too traumatic.

If an event happens the ablation will occur quickly but I will cross that bridge when it comes.

I understand your concerns- I do a lot of yoga and meditation breathing with lots of positive intentions/ affirmations. Good luck

Alfieros
Alfieros in reply to Tantaanna

You have gone through so much. I hope you get the desired results soon.

I’m thinking that maybe an atrial flutter is something new for me because I’ve never heard any doc use that term for my issues, until yesterday. Time will tell.

You have gone through so much. I hope you get the desired results soon. I’m thinking that maybe in atrial flutter is something new for me because I’ve never heard any doc to use that term for me until yesterday. Time will tell.

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