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Can my mom have an alcohol ablation even though she has a biventricular pacemaker?


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  • Can my mom have an alcohol ablation even though she has a biventricular pacemaker?

    We have the rare late onset version.. she went into CHF Stage 4 in a matter of days aged 69. Took a year to diagnose HOCM, by which time she had developed a Dilated Cardiomyopathy due to Obstruction. She is now 77. BTW I was diagnosed age 50 when the same happened to me. From swollen ankles (probably the heat, dear!) to obstruction in 10 days just 3 years ago. The only reason I knew what it was because of what mom went through, as the ultrasound appeared to be normal at that time .. the MRI inconclusive.. completely out of proprtion to the severe symptoms I was experiencing, but the dual catheterisation with dobutamine clinched the diagnosis. Since mom's Biventricular pacemaker was replaced a month ago she has become MUCH worse and has symtoms at rest. The old device, placed in 2007, was a pretty large lump.. this new one is tiny. Could the increased efficiency/force of this new device be increasing her obstruction? Could she be a candidate for Alcohol Ablation?

    Thoughts and comments appreciated.. thanks!

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    Re: Can my mom have an alcohol ablation even though she has a biventricular pacemaker

    Answering my own question. my mom saw an interventional cardiologist today. It seems that due to our rare mutation, there is no specific "bulge" that can be ablated.. I am very saddened as her quality of life is miserable. I also know that this is probably my own future not so far down the line