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Shannon5514, January 27,  2020  5:11pm EST

Successful ablation , 7 months later Afib episode

I had a successful ablation 7 months ago. Last night  my Kardia told me I was in Afib for 4 hours at a rate of 143-164 and then returned to normal. I am so disappointed! I will see my doctor in 3 weeks. My question is does this mean my ablation failed?

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  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, January 27,  2020  6:15pm EST

    I had the same experience myself. Your cardiologist can answer this for sure. My repeat afib is for 6 second periods occasionally, but we're keeping an eye on it. Since I learned this, I have heard afib ablations don't always work. Sorry to hear it. I was disappointed too. I've learned that stuff like this happens with the heart and it can just mean take blood thinners if needed. Talk to your cardio, or write to him/her on the patient portal and ask. I find that's the quickest way to get an answer without waiting for an appointment...I use the portal for questions like this often. Not every cardiac procedure works...this is maddening personally, but it happens a lot.

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, January 28,  2020  8:54am EST

    Good morning! This must be so frustrating! I think if you are concerned now, you should go ahead and call your doctor. Waiting three weeks sounds like a long time to be in limbo with concerns.  Thanks Katie

  • Shannon5514
    Shannon5514, January 28,  2020  11:20am EST

    Thank you for your support, I really appreciate it. When I decided to get the Ablation, no one mentioned that the Afib could come back and if it did what does that mean? I was told I had an 80 to 90% chance for stopping Afib. I also went to the very best Afib Doctor in Seattle. Education is so important when you have Afib.

  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, January 28,  2020  5:01pm EST

    Shannon, I flew to Mayo in Minnesota and had open heart surgery for Hypertropic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy. Since I had afib at the same time, I talked them into an ablation at the same time. I had no afib for 8 years post surgery.. It is back but only for seconds at a time. It's maddening to have it come back. But it's a very common result. I learned over time that afib is a really challenging problem. So frustrating yes. End of the line on afib treatment, that's not my experience. From full time debilitating afib to where I am now is tremendous. Now I am wondering if it will come back full time. Will cross that bridge when I get there. I too assumed ablation = no more afib ever. I was mad too. But keep the faith, talk to that expert guy. Like Katie says, I don't wait around to get cardiac answers either because that adds stress to an already tough situation. Keep us posted on what you learn!

  • Candy608
    Candy608, February 13,  2020  5:43pm EST

    I had a Cardioversion in October. 2 days later I was in afib.    A week ago I had an ablation and cardioversion.   ( 6 hours under). 2days later, back to afib.  i was just put on Amariodone today ( I had hoped not to go there).   3rd cardioversion scheduled in one week.    

    Any expereience with anti arrythmic medication would be hepful!   Very depressed

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