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Mid thirties, have already had two ablations
Hey everyone. Just wanted to see if there was anyone else out there like me. I'm in my thirties and just had my second ablation done this week. I've gone into afib four times (that I know of) starting in my late twenties. Each time my heart has refused to go back into normal rhythm until it is Cardioverted. My first ablation the EP was unable to get me into afib but went ahead and scarred up some tissue and hoped for the best. This second time he was able to get me into afib and touched up those areas but was still confused about why I stay in afib unless I have a cardioversion. Has anyone else experienced this where they are unable to get back into rhythm until they have a cardioversion done? Hoping this ablation works but the EP didn't seem very confident that it would work for long. What are my next steps?
Thumper2, March 14, 2020 7:27am EST
BurgBry, glad to see you're working with an EP. Perhaps you could look for a '"second opinion" from another EP (unless you are already at,say, the Cleveland Clinic!). There is a lot of ongoing progress in the treatment of AFib, e.g., ways of "mapping" the interior of the heart, to see where the errant signals that cause AFib originate.
Another thought: do you have sleep apnea? If so, and it's not treated, it lowers the success rate of ablations. Also, some of the folks here have had 3 or more ablations before staying in NSR. Keep us posted!