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Atrial Fibrilation and Pacemakers

Charles B

Charles B - Male, 60 - 70, London

London - Wed, 12 Jun 2013

Has anyone had a pacemaker fitted exclusively to deal with Atrial Fibrilation? Did it cut the number or length of epsiodes? How did you feel after it. I've had 4 failed ablations, currently on Dronadarone. A pacemaker has been suggested but I'm worried about it being non-reversible.

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Charles B

Charles B - Male, 60 - 70, London

London - Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Oops. 24-36 hour episode every 7-10 days, not 24036 hours!!

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Charles B

Charles B - Male, 60 - 70, London

London - Thu, 21 Aug 2014

Hi Loraine

Thanks for your message. Since putting up that post, and after long discussion with my GP and cardiologist (National Heart Hospital, London), I decided to go ahead with the pacemaker. I had it implanted 5 weeks ago and am having the AV node ablation next Wednesday!!

As I understand it, it's only then that I will feel any effect. They cut the AV node that links the atrium and the ventricles. The atrium keeps on fibrillating but apparently you don't really feel that. It's when the AF passes through to the ventricles via the AV node that you feel it. I think that when you take your pulse it's the ventricles you feel. With the AV node cut, the ventricles would beat too slowly on their own and that's where the pacemaker comes in, controlling the ventricles at a steady rate and reducing the symptoms considerably (hopefully!!).

Your experience seems even worse that mine. My AF is not constant but periodic - one 24036 hour episode every 7-10 days. So hopefully you will see an even greater improvement than me!!

Good luck with your procedure and I will let you know how I get on.

Best wishes

Charles

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Loraine

Loraine - Female, 60 - 70, Devon

Devon - Wed, 20 Aug 2014

Hi
I've just (2 weeks ago) had a pacemaker fitted. Previous to that I have have Ablations, cardioversions..internal & external... I did not go into sinus rythm once... I think at the last count I've had over 30 procedures...
I will be having a central node ablation in around 4 weeks time.
I am aware that I will always have AF, even with the pacemaker...however, I am not as breathless as I was... it has to be a positive move... I've had AF since my 40's... and it's been miserable at times... being both bradycardic and tachycardic..lucky me! I am noticing little differences, I still feel my heart race.. no doubt when the next procedure is over and done with and my body settles with the pacemaker.. the soreness etc, I will get to enjoy the improvement... I feel quite blessed to be honest, my specialist does care, he's tried everything to help me... now its time to help myself too...

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Charles B

Charles B - Male, 60 - 70, London

London - Wed, 12 Jun 2013

One ablation in 2002 - some success for a couple of years; another in 2006 - immediate failure; one in 2011 and another in 2012 - no success. All carried out by leading experts in London, the last two at the National heart Hospital. They think my is resistant and don't suggest any more. They have suggested a pacemaker. My question is about how this could help. Hence I'm keen to speak with someone who has actually had one

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danwalter

danwalter -

United States - Wed, 12 Jun 2013

As far as I know - which is not much - putting in a pacemaker is a non-reversible, last ditch effort which will make you totally dependent on the pacemaker.

Four failed ablations? I'd like to hear more about that....

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