New study CONFIRMs ablation treatment for Afib. Anyone here had ablation treatment for afib?

HeartHawk
By HeartHawk Latest Reply 2012-10-28 19:09:00 -0500
Started 2012-07-23 01:19:54 -0500

The new CONFIRM study just confirmed the effectiveness of ablation treatment combined with a novel heart mapping system for eliminating and reducing atrial fibrillation (70% better than the old standard). Here are the late breaking results.

http://www.heartconnect.com/news-articles/690...

ANyone had ablation using either the old or new system? What was your experience and results?

HH

Tags: research

10 replies

efittery
efittery 2012-08-29 03:13:34 -0500 Report

I had email correspondence with Dr. Narayan and he said in his email he could perform the procedure if I was a veteran. He could do it at the VA in San Diego, CA. To the best of my knowledge, the only people that have had the new mapping system used in their ablation procedure were in the medical trials for either the FIRM or the CONFIRM trials. I am patiently waiting for this to become avialable. if anybody knows more, reply to this post.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-29 22:32:25 -0500 Report

efittery,

Thanks for enlightening post. I will add updates as I encounter them and encourage your to post any info you obtain as you continue to pursue this new technology.

HH

Rukiddinme
Rukiddinme 2012-10-27 03:14:38 -0500 Report

I am getting it done in Indianapolis. Wanted nothing to do with ablation until I heard about FIRM. Lots of research later I decided to go for it. Anything is better than these meds.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-10-28 19:09:00 -0500 Report

Rukiddinme,

Yeah, abalation is a hassle but it can mean eliminating or reducing meds. Please let us know the results of your experience.

HH

arkansasurviver
arkansasurviver 2012-08-08 14:20:29 -0500 Report

No I'm not sure why but they showed me a cool pic of what they did and there was a lot of places to burn off or whatever they consider it.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-08 20:44:30 -0500 Report

arkansas,

Yeah, actually freezing as opposed to burning but it does the same thng. Do you know how many separate areas they ablated?

HH

arkansasurviver
arkansasurviver 2012-08-03 17:21:15 -0500 Report

I had the new procedure done in January of 2012. I had gotten my pacemaker in November of 2010 but around October of 2011 I was having to go into the hospital and get cardioverted around every two weeks. A new doc had joined my cardiologist group so they sent me to him. Now seven months out I am without pacerone after being on it for more than a year. I can say short term it has changed everything. I can workout now not to mention I have been feeling so much better.

I still have some occasional flutters which my doc said could mean in the future I would need to go on some meds again. If they do it will be a far less toxic one. It was a long process (7 hours) in the long run very worth it!

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-08-04 23:32:43 -0500 Report

arkansas,

Thanks for sharing your experience. Wow, 7 hours! Didn't know it could take so long. Did your docs say why? You have been through a lot so I am happy to see the new procedure has provided at least a little relief! Keep us posted.

HH

kittymiss
kittymiss 2012-07-24 18:14:06 -0500 Report

I have Rheumatic Heart Disease and have had a Mitral Valve implant in 1996 and then a pacemaker in 2008. I was always in a fib so the cardiologist suggested an ablation for me. I went to a hospital in Denver, CO and talked with the Drs there and they said I could not have the ablation for a fib but they could do an AV Node ablation and they thought it would give me great relief. I had it done in 2008 and still have the same problems except that now I am in a flutter almost all the time.

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2012-07-24 21:56:57 -0500 Report

kitty,

This new procedure using the "heart mapping" technique might just be the answer you are looking for. Bring along a copy of the article and ask your cardiologist or esepcially your electro-physiologist about it.

HH

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