I feel better this time. The V Tach ablation, done 5-16-2012, was not as bad as the Afib ablation. They tell me the procedure for closing my Atrial Septal Defect will not be bad. There is a significant left to right blood flow so it should be closed. I just hope I can have it done soon because my stroke risk is higher now.
Now the extra, abnormal heartbeats that begin in one of my heart’s two lower pumping chambers (ventricles) are getting worse. I used a 24 hour Holter monitor last week. The doctor thinks it will soon be time to do something about it. May 30, 2012 I will have another ablation.
After being told that I could not have a cardioversion and I could never take any of the heart medicines that control rhythm. Dr. I know nothing that has happen in the last 25 years, said all I could do was take the medicine that controlled my heart rate a little, take the medicine that might keep me from having a stroke and later get a pacemaker.
I left the cardiologist’s office with names of doctors that I hoped have learned something new after they left medical school and that maybe had not been out of it so long, but maybe long enough to have experience.
I found several doctors and called one. I had a hard time getting my records to him. The cardiologist’s (the one I had wasted 2 months with.) office did not know how to send the records to the electrocardiologist. Several days after calling the cardiologist’s office I called the record department of the doctor’s practice and got a person that did know what to do. I got a call from the electrocardiologist’s office several days later and got an appointment about 1 month later. I had wasted 2 months with Dr. I know nothing that has happen in the last 25 years, then had another month of waiting to see the electrocardiologist.
Now it is August. I go to the electrocardiologist, Dr. G., and he says lets do a cardioversion using an electrical shock. One of the things I was told I could never have. So I said sure. The doctor thought I looked very unhappy. He wanted to know if I was sure I wanted to do that. I told him I was just confused because what he was saying was so different from what I had been told.
The cardioversion was not bad, It happen on September 1. 2011. I only had to be shocked one time. I have to take Multaq which I hope I can stop before too long. What I do not understand is why they did not do this in the hospital when I went in when I first found out I had AFib but there are many things the first doctors messed up on.
I have been going and having EKGs and everything has been fine. The doctor wanted an echo because he needed to see if there was any improvement in my heart because he thought I would be a good candidate for an ablation, so I can have one right that day, which is great because it saves me a trip and more time off work.
The echo was just to take a few minutes. After about 10 minutes the technician ask me if I had ever had an echo. I told her I had two of them, one in the hospital and one later at the other doctor’s office. She then asked if I had ever had a bubble test. I had not. So I had had a bubble test and then went home.
There’s a hole and it ain’t in the bottom of the sea.
I have not posted in forever and a day. May 13, 2011 I went to hospital with Afib. I had never heard of it. I am going to try an ablation on January 10, 2012. I now know that I have an atrial septal defect. “Swiss cheese like holes” between left and right side of the atrium. I also know to never go to Cardiology Associates PC or Lakeview Medical Center Cardiologists. Cardiology Associates because they all went away and left me in the hospital in the “wonderful” care of Lakeview Cardiologists who have not learned anything new in years. I now go to a super group of doctors, Cardiology Consultants, LTD, that are treating the Afib and found the ASD that has always been there, but the first 2 groups of doctors did not find it.
It would be super if the ablation works the first time, but that is unlikely. If it does work and knock out the Afib then I get the opening closed up.