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A-FIB

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by BB2506, Mar 31, 2011.

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  1. BB2506

    BB2506 TS Member

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    any body had a-fib?
    what about alblation?
     
  2. windyflat

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    Yes & Yes, I had a-fib and it nearly killed me. felt like a new person after the ablation. They burned a ton of tissue in my heart before it would stop.
     
  3. JACK

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    Is there a doctor in the house?
     
  4. deercreek

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    I am only 40, have had it about 12-15 times or so since I was 24. Most lasted around 24 hours each and always converted on my own so far. My last episode was a rough one with some complications that I thought was "the end". I will likely have to have an ablasion someday if it does not kill me first. One of the biggest risks is stroke. If you "sometimes" have a-fib you had better be taking a blood thinner daily to help prevent the stroke risk part of it!

    Bryan
     
  5. BB2506

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    windyflat how long since the ablation?
    going to do it next week, sounds scary!
    thanks
     
  6. Quack Shot

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    I would seriously recommend finding a qualified Cardiologist and get his/her take on it. It's nothing to play around with. A-Fib can have some serious complications, including stroke. They have a pretty good handle on it these days and many meds to help, but sometimes there aren't that many choices. I usually look for a second opinion before any procedure, unless it's a time critical thing like needing stitches to stop the blood from leaking when you start to run out.
     
  7. BT99

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    Had an ablation about 1 1/2 years ago. No problems since. If you have
    that problem, and the doctor reccomends it, I would go with it.
     
  8. primed

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    I've had 17 episodes of A-Fib in the last 10 years or so. Been electro-cardioverted 16 times and converted on it's own once. Currently taking Rythmol 325mg twice a day and it seems to work when I take it. Caffiene and sleep apnea seem to trigger it for me. If I take my meds and use the cpap religiously, it seems to stay under control. I'm just not terribly religious about most things.

    Cardiologist tried to put me on Sotalol (sp) but they like to hospitalize you for a couple days when starting it because it sometimes kills people. I declined. She also said that ablation is an option but the success rate is not what she would like to see yet. She says it would be better to take my meds and see if the success rate improves. She doesn't do ablation and would have to send me to her competitor cardiology group for the procedure.

    I also know a 10 year old girl that had A-fib and had the ablation with great results. Not a single episode in the 4 years since the procedure.

    If you do ever need an electro-cardioversion (paddles, clear, zap type defiribilization) make sure to tell them to pull off the self adhesive paddles before you come to. Having them pulled off, taking any chest hairs with, while awake is really something to avoid. Also if they get the jules set too high you will leave with something akin to a sunburn. I developed an itch that wasn't on the back and wasn't on the front. It was somewhere deep inside where you just could not scratch it. Lasted a month or so. If you are lucky, you will be able to feel it when it goes out of rythm. If you can be cardioverted within 72 hours, they can do it without blood thinners. If you can't tell, they will usuallly want you on blood thinners for 30 days before the cardioversion.

    My doctor also told me to keep in mind that millions of Americans have atrial fib and don't even realize it.

    Best of luck to you.

    Bob
     
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    PM sent call me.
     
  10. windyflat

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    It's been two years since I had the ablation done. No trouble from that day forward.
    Tom
     
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    My ablation is scheduled for May 9. The doctor said if successful it's a cure. jack
     
  12. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    Had an ablation a little over 2 years ago. My Doctor wanted me to have it done way before I did. I was on coumedin for my blood thinner and took amorodeum ? for almost 10 years. That drug has a tendency to give your skin a bluish cast to it. Every once in a while some smart ass would call me PaPa Smurf. At my worst point I was in A-Fib for 39 days straight and could not walk up a flight of stairs without sitting down to rest. I continued to work since I was in sales management. After the ablation I couldn't figure out why I was so scared to have it done. It went real easy.
    When they do an ablation they go in with 4 catheters in your main arteries and burn around around the perimeter of your 4 pulmonary veins so your bodies electrical current doesn't jump and get shorted again. All in all I think it was scary, but afterwards it wasn't all that bad.
    The life loss on the table is somewhere between 2 and 3%. At least that is what I was told. Rest easy you will be all right unless God sends out your recall notice. Bulge.

    PS: I still get skipped beats every once in a while, usually when my sugar goes low.
     
  13. Greg LV

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    Mine lasted 18 months. Only in A-Fib about 5% of the time now and not as bad as when it first started. The Doc says they are only good for 3 to 5 years. Don't know where you are located but I understand two of the best are in Phoenix and San Diego. Good luck
     
  14. Jerry944t

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    Everyone and every case is different. I have had many episodes of Atrial fib, many cardioversions and and a couple of ablations.

    I recommend you do exactly what the doctor recommends and do not think your particular experience will be the same or different than any other posters including me.

    The doctor who does the ablation is an expert in electro-physiology and the procedure itself is fairly long and tedious but not particularly uncomfortable.

    You are usually sedated enough that you really won't care what's going on. Mine took so long that at one point I asked if we could order a pizza.

    Good luck and don't be afraid. If you are uncomfortable the anesthesiologist will make you comfortable since you can't move around. Do take your drugs regularly so it will be kept under control.

    If you have any further questions feel free to PM me. I think I can give you impartial advice or reassurance since I'm in the medical profession myself.
     
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    Definitely see a cardiologist. There's a reason there are so many specialists in medicine, this stuff's complicated! They'll hook you up n
     
  16. Barrelbulge(Fl)

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    You want to see an Electropsyologist. A Doctor that specializes in the electronics of the heart. Bulge.
     
  17. Hardage

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    I have been involved with sedating patients for this procedure for over 20 years now. The procedure is simply burning the tissue inside the heart aka "endocardium" that contains some abnormal pathways of electrical conductivity between the atrium which is is the top two chambers of the heart specifically the right one and the ventricles which are the lower two chambers. The biggest risk of the procedure is "total heart block" which means that the burning of the tissue has interrupted the flow of signal from the atria to the ventricles completely. This is solved by placement of a pacemaker but is a rare complication. Death on the table during an ablation procedure for atrial fibrillation is all but unheard of. It is well worth the risk verses a life on blood thinners and living with a-fib. In the Midwest Milwaukee area go see Zelman Blanck. Very good with his hands and talks non-stop about hunting and shooting. Good results with him. EP or electrophysiology specialists are a sub-specialty of cardiology and in my 20 plus year opinion they come in two forms...very poor or very very talented with no inbetween.
     
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    I got out of the shower one morning in '05 and noticed a low grade headache in the crown of my head. Being on meds. for high BP I decided to check it with my home tester. BP was 160/110 and pulse was 140. I went to the clinic in town and got an ecg. The NP said I had A-Fib and sent me to the hospital. They got it under control in 3 days and gave me a jump start and meds. That worked for 3 years, but it came back. So, I went to an electro-physiologist to discuss an ablation. He said the success rate was 60 to 90%, depending on who did it. He had to run some tests first which disclosed several blocked and partially blocked heart arteries. Because of their location and a new procedure for A-Fib called a Maze Procedure I opted for a triple-bypass (Maze is available only with open heart, but my surgeon said he has a 100% success rate with it). He still does. Life is good.

    Buz
     
  19. BB2506

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    thanks everyone for the stories, feel much better now
     
  20. W.P.T.

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    I had A-Fib, they did the cardioversion and put me on 80 MG of Sotalol and of course Coumadin, got an upper respirtory infection and the A Fib came back because of it, they upped the dosage of Sotalol to 120 MG's, continued with the Coumadin and to the best of my knowledge its been okay since ... They did a caridoversion to get things back in rythum and it worked until I got the upper respitory infection, the ablasion was what was going to happen if the cardioversion didn't work ... I trust my Cardiologist and do what ever he suggests, He and I will be shooting on the same squad later today at the Arizona State Shoot ... I had a massive heart attack at the age of 47, have never seemed to be the same since ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
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