Atrial Fibrillation One Year Ago Today

On June 7, 2019 I had a Catheter Ablation for Persistent Atrial Fibrillation and Atrial Flutter.  It was the best thing I could have done for my continued quality of life.

I was treated for heart arrhythmia for 38 years.I was diagnosed with SVT (Supra Ventricular Tachycardia) in 1993).  I was evaluated for an ablation in 2007. The doctor decided that I was not a candidate for an ablation at that time.  Basically, I was told that I would have to live with it.

Medications worked for me for a very long time but eventually became ineffective. I  was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in 2015.  The heart arrhythmia began to interfere with my quality of life. After all possible medications were tried without much success, my doctor started talking to me about ablation.  After several emergency trips to the heart center, I was  scheduled for an ablation on June 7, 2019.

Cardiac ablation is a procedure that can correct heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias).

Cardiac ablation works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers or sustains an abnormal heart rhythm. In some cases, cardiac ablation prevents abnormal electrical signals from entering your heart and, thus, stops the arrhythmia.

Cardiac ablation usually uses long, flexible tubes (catheters) inserted through a vein or artery in your groin and threaded to your heart to deliver energy in the form of heat or extreme cold to modify the tissues in your heart that cause an arrhythmia.

The recovery time for a catheter ablation is anywhere from two  weeks to several months. It is usually left up to the patient how long they wish to wait to return to normal activity. I took two months. I felt really good after just a few days but I tired easily and frankly I was just plain nervous about going back to work too soon. For me, it was two months well spent.

Today, one year later, I am in normal sinus rhythm. I would say that my catheter ablation was a very good choice.

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