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4/12/19 7:10 P

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Sorry...didn't realize you had posted 3 yrs. ago. I'm just starting back on program, so I'm a little rusty w/ navigating the site. Glad you are doing better from the Ablation. Like I had said...mine was done when they were 1st doing them.

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4/11/19 3:17 P

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Thanks, Murrels. It's been 3 yrs. now and gradually over that time the episodes have lessened and become milder. I couldn't stay on the diazapam if I wanted to have a life. It made me too depressed (uninterested, lacking in any desire to do anything). So I'm not taking anything for SVT. I started exercising again. Gently at home at first, then my insurance company gave me a free SilverSneakers gym membership and I started going to exercise classes for seniors and working out on the aerobic machines. I'm no athlete, but I try to get my heart rate up two or three times a week. I think that is what helped the most, short bursts of moderately high heart rate. Occasionally when I'm checking my heart rate during exercise it will jump up into the 200s but only for a second or two. That's a bit scary but it's happening less and less. I'm interest to see if, when I start mowing the grass again, a prolonged elevated will bring on an episode again. I hoping not.

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4/11/19 2:16 P

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I had Cardiac Ablation for A-Fib many years ago. It only helped me for a few years, then my heart went back into permanent A-Fib. Have been in constant A-Fib for 16 yrs. now. Have had my heart shocked, but didn't budge...have been on every medication out there. Have had multiple Catheterizations & just had an Aortic Aneurysm repair done, but it is not holding up well. Had Open-Heart Surgery when I was a kid. The Ablation I had done was 20 yrs. ago. Had it done in Boston. They were still experimenting w/it. I was awake for the entire procedure & it took about 13 hours. Done at a teaching hospital. They have improved the procedure quite a bit since then. Think most people can be sleeping when done now. No procedure is 100% free of risks & failures, but many people benefit from new procedures. Good luck on whatever you decide.

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8/16/16 9:58 P

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Thanks for the reply. I have very little info about SVT and wasn't aware it was episodic. That explains why it was almost continuous in April and May but has lessened to a few times a day and now I even have days without any sign of it. I read an article that talked about keeping a journal to look for triggers but it didn't specify the type of thing that might be a trigger (food, activity, emotions). I do need to do some more research.

I saw the cardiologist a few days ago and he had spoken to another doctor who didn't feel I needed anything other than the diltiazem, which made me very happy. Odd your talking about migraines. I've had a headache every day since I started the med and they're getting worse, but my doctor says diltiazem doesn't cause them. I'm switching to the regular tablets that don't contain gelatin instead of the extended release ones because gelatin is a headache trigger for me and I've found before that having even just that small an amount every day increases my reaction to it over time. Hoping the headache goes away.

Thanks again and good luck. Hope things improve for you.

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8/16/16 3:12 P

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Bebarb I have PSVT episodes and have been on medication since the 1970's. Mine has mostly stayed under control. I had an episode last year because I had Severe migraines and some bradycardia. with medicine so doctors lowered dosage medicine to keep my heart under control. About 11 years ago I was told that some time in future I might have to have a pacemaker if I had to have so much meds. to control the heart rate but between episodes it was dropping too low. I hope things will go well for you.

My husband and son-in-law have had ablasion for atril-fib..

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7/13/16 2:39 P

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Thanks. I appreciate the good wishes.

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7/13/16 1:25 P

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I wish I could offer some help but I am not familiar with the condition or the treatment you mention. However, I can wish you good luck in getting in resolved. emoticon

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I don't see any topics on SVT or the use of ablation to stop it. Anyone had this? I'd love to hear of your experiences. I've just developed SVT (although the more I learn about it the more I think I've had it for a few years) and the doctor talked about the possibility of needing ablation to get it to stop. I don't like the idea but can't deal with not being able to get out and do things so am trying to get all the info I can. My understanding is that if it messes up your heart rhythm you end up with a pace maker. Thanks for any info.

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