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Canada, August 14,  2020  4:32pm EST

Help for shortness of breath?

Hello everyone,

I appreciate reading the posts daily and learning from them.  

I'm to have an ablation in the next few months.  My debilitating symptom is shortness of breath and I have to avoid any activity.  Is there anything I can do about it?

Which of these methods would be best for me?    

Tacticath  (which my electrophysiologist uses)



My EP now tells me he doesn't know what my "atrial squeeze" is and thinks a tacticath would only reduce the AFib burden (frequency of episodes), not improve the shortness of breath.  I've considered having a second opinion with a doctor who uses a different method.  Should I do that?

Thanks for any insights.  


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  • TessC
    TessC, August 15,  2020  5:11pm EST

    I cannot speak from experience since I have not had an ablation, but I did ask the cardiac nurse where my shortness of breath was coming from and she said it could be from the arrhythmia that comes with my SVT.  Ask your present doctor why he doesn't think it will help, and where does he think the shortness of breath comes from if not your Afib?

    When I have shortness of breath, I have to convert to a regular rhythm and slow my heart rate - nothng else seems to help me. I use various valsalva maneuvers to get my heart to beat normal.  Perhaps others will have better advice than I do regarding this issue. Good luck

  • Lou15
    Lou15, August 20,  2020  6:08pm EST

    When I'm symptomatic, which has been a lot lately I too suffer from severe shortness of breath; infact years before I was diagnosed with inappropriate sinus tachycardia I noticed I would be exercise intolerant and had SOB but did not know why. I don't have to be having an episode to feel this way and some days are better than others.

  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, September 1,  2020  6:25am EST

    Some people think second opinions are insulting to the original doctor, but they are not. If you think you need a second review of your case, go outside of this practice and get fresh eyes on the case. Confidence in your treatment plan is huge. And the side effect of getting a second opinion helps you relax about your treatment. I've never had a doctor who objected to that at all. I'd say go for it and I bet the result will be an increase in your confidence and for major issues like cardiac or cancer, that's a key component to your survival. Key to our living long lives with confidence is learning more about our problems, running things by experts resulting in informed decisions. So, my vote is go for it. It can't hurt and can only help. Cyber hugs and elbow taps. smile. Keep us posted.

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