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Lou15, August 29,  2019  1:47am EST

A flutter diagnosis and ablation

My final diagnosis was A flutter as first diagnosed in ER , so I’m kinda relieved I know what I’m dealing with and this cardiologist knows what he is doing, which has given me piece of mind. 

Im now waiting on appointment time with EP and my cardiologist is suggesting I have ablation. Can anyone share their experience of all this with me?

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  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, August 29,  2019  7:36am EST

    Lou15, glad to hear you're having more peace of mind and that you will be seeing an EP.  IMHO, if an ablation is recommended for you, it is not a big deal -- sometimes this procedure can be done in the morning and you are out of the hospital by late afternoon, followed by a couple days for recovery -- I hope others willl add their opinions on this. OTOH,make sure that the EP who would do an ablation has a record of doing lots (hundreds) of them, successfully.   Keep us posted!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

  • Lou15
    Lou15, August 29,  2019  5:25pm EST

    Thanks Judy 😁

  • arigatou
    arigatou, August 30,  2019  12:03am EST


    The ablation wasn't too bad. I was told that the procedure took about 4 hours but Dr. suggested I stay overnight for observation. He was not able to get to certain areas of my heart so it wasn't 100% successful but it helped to reduce the number of afib episode. Ask all the questions you have with EP and good luck to you. I ended up getting pacemaker a year later because of skipping beats.

  • Lou15
    Lou15, August 30,  2019  12:28am EST

    Did people end up having ablation because medication wasn’t really successful? I do believe medication has helped but my heart rate is still too high for just walking around house or sitting and it can be ok one day and the next day all over the place. I believe even if I do t go into high levels of tachycardia ( day over 130) I still get the other symptoms of breathlessness, dizziness etc 

    will ablation slow my heart rate down in general?

  • Thumper2
    Thumper2, August 30,  2019  9:02am EST

    Lou15, my medication controllled my tachycardia just fine, for several years.  Unfortunately, the AFib was slowly remodeling my heart in negative ways.  By the time I got to an EP and had cardioversions and ablations, they did not restore me to sinus rhythm and I was tired ALL the time.  I thought I was going to spend my few remaining years napping on the couch!  By the grace of God, I have an EP who does a specialized "ablation" involving the His Bundle (I already had a pacemaker; now I have a slightly different one) which keeps my ventricles beating regularly, and I feel fine.  My SOB (shortness of breath) is still with me, but if I exercise regularly, the SOB goes away almost entirely.   I still take Altace (which has gotten my blood pressure down to good levels) and spironolactone (which is a potassium-sparing diuretic which has dealt with my slight edema) and warfarin.

    More recently, I was feeling tired again, and my family physician found I was low in Vit. D (perhaps because I never go out in the sun; all the work I like to do is in our wonderful basement).  I now take extra Vit.D, which is helpful,  as well as that Carnation Instant Breakfast that has protein in it.    I do eat healthy, but I guess I wasn't getting enough protein, because that drink has also been energizing for me. (I'd rather be taking one that has less sugar and no genetically-modified ingredients in it, but I need to look around for that.)  Well, enough about me!   Keep us posted, Lou!

    Thumper2 (Judy)

  • Peg
    Peg, August 30,  2019  10:48am EST

    Hello Lou.  I was originally diagnosed with A-fib following open heart surgery four years ago, but after reading reports I sent to my cardiologist from my Kardia device, he said I had  A-Flutter.  Flutter shows up as a very regular tracing, as opposed to the chaotic tracing of A-fib.  His suggestion: an ablation.  Because flutter originates in the right atria (and not the entire heart), the ablation is usually shorter and less complicated.  Flutterr returned after the first ablation, but since my second - in April - I haven't had a single episode.  As others have suggested, find an EP with lots of experience with ablations.  Best of luck!

    BTW - I think a separate thread for A-Flutter would be helpful.


  • Lou15
    Lou15, August 30,  2019  1:26pm EST

    Thanks ladies and Peg how do I do a separate thread for A Flutter?

  • Peg
    Peg, August 30,  2019  7:58pm EST

    Lou - Sorry, I don't know how to do that.  Maybe the administrator can help.

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