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I have had 3 heart ablations. I now need #4 and I am 27. How many is too many before causing damage?

I have had 3 heart ablations. I now need #4 and I am 27. How many is too many before causing damage?

Control: An ablation is performed to create damage! But it's done in a controlled manner to very specific areas in the lining of your heart - where the rhythm is transmitted, not to the pump (muscle) itself. There is no limit, but if you're not getting relief after 4, there may be no point in continuing to #5. When something continues to fail, it's time to try something different. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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I had two heart ablations done at approx 14 and 16 years old. I had a fast hb. I am now 30 and have episodes where i feel my hb is slow.

I had two heart ablations done at approx 14 and 16 years old. I had a fast hb. I am now 30 and have episodes where i feel my hb is slow.

See a cardiologist: You need to be assessed, a Holter monitor may be applied, but you definitely need a cardiologist input, and may be an electrophysiology assessment too, (a cardiologist who further specializes in heart electricity and conduction problems), good luck ...Read more

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I have had psvt's with heart rate over 250 twice, but I have had cardiac ablation 4 yrs ago. What does this mean?

I have had psvt's with heart rate over 250 twice, but I have had cardiac ablation 4 yrs ago. What does this mean?

Repeat ablation?: Sometimes svt's require more than one ablation to cure them. Alternatively you could be having a different type of arrhythmia. I recommend getting back in with your ep for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Are heart ablations safe w/o much complications for irregular heart beat? Why is there so much negative talk about it. Even my cardio says last resort

Are heart ablations safe w/o much complications for irregular heart beat? Why is there so much negative talk about it. Even my cardio says last resort

Irregular heart beat: What kind of irregular heart beat you are talking about? Is it a trial fibrillation. Success rate of ablation for a trial fibrillation is about 80-85% with some complications that are mostly not serious in good centers. However if atrial fibrillation, you might need to have more than one procedure. We usually try medications and not working then we go to ablation, i.e. Last resort. ...Read more

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Had cardiac ablation '06 for PVC s. Still have 1k+ a day. Wnt to start running but recovery is the worst. What ele can I do to exercise my heart?

Had cardiac ablation '06 for PVC s. Still have 1k+ a day. Wnt to start running but recovery is the worst. What ele can I do to exercise my heart?

Bike?: Bicycle exercise allows a much more controlled maintenance of any given target heart rate and may help you keep your PVC burden in line during exercise. If not, let's get you a second opinion with an electrophysiologist who's very likely to knock those pvcs out for good. ...Read more

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Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Had a cardiac ablation two weeks ago and now my heart ratee is going from 50 to as high as 130 Could that mean a pacemaker Getting an even monitor?

Great question!: Since you've already had an ablation, you already have an expert at your disposal to help answer this question - the same doctor who did your procedure. He or she needs to know your symptoms in order to obtain any additional testing, which may well be an event monitor. Call today! ...Read more

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I had heart ablations done in aug.Of last year. Didnt work. Now i can't breath just from walking. Get dizzy, pass out, chest pains. What could it be?

I had heart ablations done in aug.Of last year. Didnt work. Now i can't breath just from walking. Get dizzy, pass out, chest pains. What could it be?

New arrhythmia: there is a good chance you have other abnormal heart rhythms. ablations often don't work, or need to be redone, or other arrhythmias develop. you need to get back to the heart doctor. ...Read more

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How risky is an afib cardiac ablation on a 33 yr old with no heart disease or other significant problems other than a cspine herniation. ?

How risky is an afib cardiac ablation on a 33 yr old with no heart disease or other significant problems other than a cspine herniation. ?

Small Risks.: In general it is very low risk; however, atrial fibrillation ablation tends to carry some of the highest risk of any the catheter ablations. The worldwide data shows that af ablations have a risk of death of 0.15%, tamponade 1.3%, pseudoaneursym 0.9%, stroke 0.2%, TIA 0.7%, pv stenosis 0.3, and ae-fistula 0.04%. There is a small risk of pacemaker in some types as well. ...Read more

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I had heart ablations done a year ago, ihave anxiety. Im24 in shape the last 2 days I've had: sporadic chest pain, pain in shoulders/arms, body very weak?

I had heart ablations done a year ago, ihave anxiety. Im24 in shape the last 2 days I've had: sporadic chest pain, pain in shoulders/arms, body very weak?

Ablation: It is late to be seeing any complications from ablation. As far as what the cause of your symptoms is, there are many possibilities and from the cloud cannot reasonably suggest what is going on but it isn't necessarily heart related. ...Read more