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I am 42 years old I suffer from premature atrial contractions for about 10 years now a few days ago I went into superventricular tachycardia sustained for about 10 minutes... Dr wants to do a cardiac ablation... and I am very very scared to do so... only other option is a beta blocker which I'm also scared to do... I have a fear of medicine and surgeries.. now today I have been having postural tachycardia.... I really don't know what to do I'm so scared
AHAModerator, January 21, 2021 8:58am EST
Thank you for joining the support network and sharing your story. I'm sorry that you're going through this and feeling so anxious. I imagine it must be very scary, but know that you're not alone. I recommend raising these concerns with your doctor so they can answer any questions you have about the process and I can share some Arrhythmia resources to help you learn more. Please keep us updated on how you're doing, we're rooting for you!
The AHA Team
Raindrop32, January 22, 2021 2:01pm EST
I understand many people have reluctance to take extra medication, and certainly to have heart surgery. Anything heart-related is bound to be scary.
Do you know specifically why you are hesitant to use a beta-blocker? Have you had bad experience with similar medications, or bad experience with medical things in general? Have you tried being open with your doctor about what you're thinking right now, and what concerns you have? Is your doctor even someone you think you can be honest with and who would understand you? Do you think you might have a phobia of medical things? If so, you should know that medical phobias are actually very common today and you can help yourself to remove the barrier to getting the care you need to improve your quality of life with arrhythmia. Having support around you is very important.
The good thing about medications is that they are reversible. If you have bad side effects or something, you can stop taking it (note: you shouldn't abruptly stop taking a beta-blocker because your hormonal system needs to gradually reset by reducing the dosage stepwise). Usually doctors try medications first before considering ablation for that reason.
I have been using a beta-blocker for over a year now, and I was shocked at how big a difference even the low starting dose made in my life. The day I got home form the hospital, and I pushed a shopping cart from my car to the store doors without angina, I was amazed. I had forgotten how much easier life is without passing out frequently, and how much more I can accomplish.
This had been a year filled with anxiety and I think we are all affected by it. I hope that your life will only improve from now on.
TessC, January 23, 2021 5:34pm EST
Thanks for sharing your story and I'm sorry you have to deal with this. I want to tell you that when I have long tachycardia episodes, my heart gets very tachy for days or weeks-even standing up for long will make my heart race, Perhaps your heart is sensitive now but will get back to baseline after awhile. As for meds and surgery, I'm also hesitant. What I did was learn all I could about tachycardia-in my case SVT- and found out it can be managed in some people. If I stay away from caffeine, alcohol, gets lots of water and electrolytes, take Magnesium and Pottasium and get enough sleep, I have less episodes. Ask your doctor if there are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your tachycardia. Not all people can get rid or lessen them this way, but no harm in asking the doctor. Good luck!
NewPacer73, February 2, 2021 10:12am EST
If I look back to when this all started, I seem to remember having the same fears. It's very common. The word cardiac is scary because you "feel" the symptoms and the heart functioning is not optional. smile But, as you move through this process, you will learn that cardiology has become so much smarter AND there are so many options now. Two things I have learned that you may or may not want to think about: 1. Having a cardiologist you can communicate with easily is critical (mine personally answers questions within hours when I go on the patient portal too, lessening any potentiall longer term worry} and 2. Being in here for support is really amazing. Having anxiety with the pandemic is also contributing. But, I think if you try talking to the cardiologist and it works in communication land between the two of you, it's super critical. Once that confidence is established, it's much easier. Me? Took me three cardiologists to find one that was a match. And I will never be able to explain how important that is. For my initial anxiety about cardiac issues, I did see a counselor. It's scary, but remember, there seems to be more than one solution for every problem. Talk to your cardiologist. I'm on the medication route now and am relaxed, confident and doing very well. But I was where you are today when I started! You are definitely not alone. To me, it would seem odd if you didn't experience this anxiety. Support, gaining knowledge on your condition from reliable sources (not always the internet, by the way) and getting caught up on the options you have are the first steps. Sending you cyber hugs. Its was much more frightening in the beginning for me. This room is a great place to air your feelings and just look at the amazing responses you got in such a short time. Keep us posted, okay. We care.