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  • karen
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    I to must add my praise of Dr. Wigle. Although I didn't have ablation, he did my myectomy in 1987. At this time it was a fairly new surgery with under 100 done. He was assisted with the surgery by a Dr. William's I believe from the children's hospital. I found both of the doctors very caring. And just last year I was contacted by Dr. Woo with reguards to the paper that Dr. Wigle is doing. I just wish there were doctors who knew as much as him in Nova Scotia.

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  • Glen Beamish
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    Tara, we used to spend a lot of time in Muskoka at Arrow Head Provincial Park, Huntsville and Hidden Valley.
    Love the area, I now have a place in Haliburton, so we don't get over there that often anymore.

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    Hi Jan - send my best to Russ. sorry to hear that his symptoms are returning.... let us know how he is doing in the future.
    Lisa

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  • Jan
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    Septal Ablation

    Hi Lisa! It's been a long time since I've been on this website - wow, what a change! I'm guilty of not taking the time to read this lately - busy with a new job and all. Anyway, just wanted to add some comments. Russ had his septal ablation a year ago, and unfortunately, his symptoms are coming back big time! We go to UCSF February 5th and see Dr. Chatterjee. Very interested in hearing what he has to say. His ICD doctor in Reno has raised his meds back up but so far, it hasn't done much except make him more tired than usual. I will write again and let you know the outcome of the doctors appointment.

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  • Tara
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    Hi
    I grew up in Muskoka, went to public school and high school there. My family still lives up there. Right now I am living in downtown Toronto going to the University of Toronto. I just moved to Toronto in Sept up until than I was living in British Columbia. Moving to downtown Toronto was a little scarey for me at first being from such a small northren Onterio town but its going well for me. I must admit it did take alittle getting usded to.

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  • Glen Beamish
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    Hi Tara, nice to hear from other Canadians, what area of Toronto do you live, I live in Whitby.

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  • Tara
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    Hello
    All this talk about Toronto, and Dr. Wigle...WOW!!!!
    When I had my ablation done in 2000 I beleive that I was number 13. I know that during that year they had many ablations planned. Just from personal expereice, the staff and doctors at Toronto gereral are very knowledgeable in HCM. I was very confident in all of the doctors and surgeons there. We are lucky to have such a place in Canada.

    With all this cold that we have been having here camping in Algonquin sounds great.

    Take Care
    Tara

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  • Glen Beamish
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    Good Book

    Robbyn, I will, I see him in April, he lets me do moderate exercise and I have been doing a lot of cycling the last year and have riden close to the distance on the Becel Ride so I hope I can convince him.
    Before I got my place in Haliburton we spent a lot of time in the Algonquin interior.
    For Christmas my wife bought me a book called The Last Guide, basically it's about the last guide who took people into the interior of the park and also went back in time and told stories of guides like Tommy Thompson.
    The area the last guide was describing was the area going south on Smoke Lake into Ragged Lake and a few others, that is where we always went so it was great reading about it.
    The book is available at Chapters, I recomend it.
    I feel like a movie and book critic today.

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  • Robbyn
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    Lisa,

    I would say that is a pretty darn good memory!

    And Glen, I will report on my progress and I hope to be out camping again this year. Maybe the interior of Algonquin this time. Please let me know what Dr. Wigle says about the Don Valley.

    Take care,
    Robbyn

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  • Glen Beamish
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    Robbyn, good luck with whatever procedure you decide on.
    Keep us informed on your progress.

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    Robbyn - thanks for the actual numbers as I have not been feeling that well I have not been in my office (where I keep all my HCM Stats) so I have been working off memory...which is medicated at the moment so not as clear as I would like!
    Lisa

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  • Robbyn
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    Lisa

    You are right, Dr. Wigle told me back in September 2002 that 40-50 procedures had been done at that time. I will be having one or the other done there in the near future.

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    As you should feel very strongly about the center you are going to they are VERY good and I do not say that often. There are only a few centers in the world who have been in the HCM "game" for the long haul and Toronto is one of them. RE the correction on the #'ers thing...I am a techy when it comes to HCM stats...please dont take it wrong..they are a great center...just not the leading # of ablations.
    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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  • THE JAM
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    Well, I have to admit, I'm not sure whether their numbers are third on the world list or not. I forget the actual number of cases they've done, but I do remember having the impression that it was quite a bit.

    I know that when it comes to objectively guaging a hospitals experience and knowledge, you look to the numbers. But to me, numbers weren't so important. I'm pretty lucky, I could have personnaly afforded to have my procedure done anywhere in the world, and I was assured by my home cardiologist (who I think the world of for the excellent care I have received all my life) and the doctors and staff at the hospital that the program they have at Toronto general is among the best in the world. They told me that if they believed I could get better treatment somewhere else by going outside of the country, they would tell me. After my experience there, I believe them.

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    I think the world of Dr. Wigle his work has lead to many advances in HCM treatment. The Center in Toronto is very good.
    I must say that their numbers of ablations are not the highest in the world - if they are there is a problem with over utilization - so I think you may just have that one fact wrong, because I do not think that the Toronto crew would over use the procedure. Germany has done over 800 and Spencer between MUSC and Baylor is at about 400.
    Lisa

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