Afib problems

arkansasurviver
By arkansasurviver Latest Reply 2012-01-13 22:53:42 -0600
Started 2011-12-22 20:17:33 -0600

I had afib last year and a pacemaker was placed. I have not had any problems since then. Until Monday night when I felt palpitations then I was cardioverted on Tuesday. As of today Thursday I am back out of rhythm. Has anyone had this experience of coming out of rhythm so soon? Also my doctors are discussing ablation. I need opinions about the procedure and your experiences. Please reply!


5 replies

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-12-26 00:02:34 -0600 Report

arkansas,

There are many reasons but the most likely is that your pacemaker is a single-chamber device that only regulates one of your ventricles. If this is the case then your atrium is not being monitored. This is a question you should take up with your doc.

What was the original reason you had the pacemaker installed?

HH

arkansasurviver
arkansasurviver 2011-12-26 17:04:21 -0600 Report

It was put in because of fibrillation about a year ago. I thought it was afib buy my husband things vfib. What does anyone know about the ablation? I am beginning to think I don't have much choice. It all sounds like information overload.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-12-26 23:26:50 -0600 Report

arkansas,

Actually, it is not really that complicated. Either heart chamber can have rhythm abnormalities. Ablation is simply a method (typically freezing called cryo-ablation or burning using radio- frequency energy waves) to sever any troublesome electrical pathways that triggers and/or sustains the arrhythmia. It is a common procedure that is about 70% effective.

Here are some good articles to learn more.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/470-catheter-cryoablation-of-cardiac-arrhythmias

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/471-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation

HH

arkansasurviver
arkansasurviver 2011-12-25 00:34:15 -0600 Report

New question I would like to know if I have a pacemaker/ defibrillator why did I go back into afib? Thanks

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-01-13 22:53:42 -0600 Report

arkansas,

The pacemaker may not even have had a connection to the atrium or it simply may not have been programmed to handle afib. Ask your doc if you have an "atrial lead" and whether the device is set to sense and respond to afib. Of course, even of everything is set to standards YOU may not be standard and need special porgramming! Remember, everyone is different. Yeah, I know, it's more screwing around but that is the nature of the beast!

HH