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A 31-year-old female asked:

i spent 25% in spvb prematurity during a 48 hours holter monitor. is this a high burden that warran ablation? i am very symptomatic.

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Dr. Ira Friedlander
Cardiac Electrophysiology 42 years experience
The more important: issue is that you are symptomatic. Although 25% is relatively high, if you are symptomatic then 2% is sufficient to justify ablation. Establish with an Electrophysiologist for evaluation and follow his/her recommendations. EP/Ablation or specialized medications may be good options for you to discuss.

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How effective are endometrial ablations?

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Mostly: There are several different companies that have endo ablation devices, each with varied success. Some women's periods completely stop, while others periods are significantly decreased, and some get no help from ablations. I suggest you talk to your ob/gyn for more information.

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