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Hi everyone, just an update from my post 4 days ago. I received a callback from cardiologist who has explained what happened with my ablation, all was going well until they went to the right atrium, they found it was small and the balloon was inserted and hit the nerves at the side hence the intense pain, vomiting and going unconscious, it was all hands on deck to get my BPM and BP back up which was causing them concern as I moved when vomiting they were worried in case I had pieced the heart hence the echo, in that moment they decided to halt the procedure as it was detrimental to my heart and wellbeing, she says as the atrium is swollen will take months for all to go back to normal, she hope the three she did will be enough but if she has to do the fourth will be under GA. she did say the majority of ablation sails through but a few have serious complications, mine was one of them, so guys, thank you all for your best wishes and it’s rest, rest and more rest

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Hope you feel better soon and the trauma aspect subsides. Seek professional support if you need it. Please dont struggle on alone. Best wishes.

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Lesleyray in reply to meadfoot

Thank you, on diazepam just for a week, my own doctor is ringing thurs to check how I am and she will go from there, mentally I feel a little better now I know what happened so not as fearful as I was but have to sleep with a nightlight as I cannot bear the nights at present re flashbacks

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meadfoot in reply to Lesleyray

It will ease over time. Remember one day it will all be but a memory and you can deal with it and put it behind you so you can move forward. Its always wise to give such experiences the credence they deserve or eventually if pushed down and not dealt with they come raging back to haunt us. You have done all the right things to successfully move forward. Very well done, wishing you all the best.

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Lesleyray in reply to meadfoot

Thank you

You poor thing that must have been awful for you! Thanks for the update.

Wishing you a speedy recovery now.


Thank you so much, everyone on here as been so kind and supportive

I think we're all as shocked as you, regarding what you went through.

I had a CT cardiogram a few weeks before my first ablation to provide a map of my heart for the EP. Did you have one of those?

No, nothing, just a post op about the sedative and not to drive for a couple of days plus taking of blood and BP, that was it, I do have a leaky heart valve which is not perfect a cause for concern at present

Wishing you a speedy recovery xx

Many thanks

An awful time for you but pleased you now know why. That in itself will help the healing process. Yes, rest, rest and then some. Take care and hope you will feel much better soon. x

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Lesleyray in reply to Frances123

Thank you, hubby is strict on the resting lol

I do feel so much for you and hope you are O.K. and getting over the trauma.Not an easy road at times, after having had a very bad experience I have some sort of understanding as to what you are going through. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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Lesleyray in reply to CONNY45

Thank you so much

Thank you for the update and explaining the details. Do feel for you and hope very soon you can get over the episode.

Thank you

Sounds absolutely awful,you poor thing.Take it easy and best wishes for a full recovery.

Thank you, mentally feeling much more positive after speaking to the cardiologist

Sounds very frightening that, and I’m not surprised you have to sleep with a light on. Hope you will soon feel better. Take care. xx

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Lesleyray in reply to Cha275rL

Thank you so much

I'm glad you got answers and that things go better now.It's the unknown roll of the roulette ball that is involved that is a concern for ablation I think.

Take good care now and thanks for letting us know xx

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Lesleyray in reply to wilsond

Thank you

That sounds so traumatic for you. I hope that you heal soon and get some sort of treatment that works for you.

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Lesleyray in reply to ETFCfan

Thank you, lots of rest and pampering from hubby is working wonders lol

Thank you for updating us on your traumatic experience. I do hope your healing has begun - both mentally and physically and please make use of all the help you need to hopefully put this behind you.

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Lesleyray in reply to irene75359

Thank you and and I will, my own doctor has asked me to see her to check how I’m doing on fri , she is lovely

sorry to hear this and hope you are getting more settled now. Scary but best to know everything so you understand why you felt as you did. Having heart procedures is a big thing and we forget as so many procedures are, fortunately, uneventful- but many are not!

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Lesleyray in reply to rosyG

Thank you

Hi there. Hopefully it will be enough. They could only ablate 3 of my pulmonary veins. Apparently couldn’t get access to the other as very “convoluted “. I’m all good still 5 years on. Fingers crossed 🤞 all will be well.

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Lesleyray in reply to Blavet

Thank you so much

I have only just caught up with your last post and after reading this as well I am truly shocked at what you have been through. Can't help feeling a degree of incompetence is involved somewhere along the line.

I wonder if others feel that EPs are trying to rush through these procedures and cutting corners in order to get through their waiting list as quickly as possible. All well and good if the EP has alot of experience.( I have my 4th RF ablation in 2 weeks and been told it will be local anaesthetic😱)

Wishing you all the best

J x

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Lesleyray in reply to Jalia

Thank you and good luck with your ablation

Do you have nerve paralysis ?

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Lesleyray in reply to Jacnc

No thank goodness, just extremely tired and very sore chest wise, quite uncomfortable to breath and try to not let it turn into a panic, spending a lot of time outside on my swing seat in the lovely sunshine

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