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Ablation - One Year Later - Running a Mile


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  • Ablation - One Year Later - Running a Mile

    Sorry for my delay in updating but the year has been so busy. Here I am a year after the ablation (and 16 months since an emergency angioplasty with stent) and I am running a mile during a 45 minute cardiovascular workout. Graduated from the Mass. General Hospital cardiac rehab program with flying colors. Got back to work after about 4-5 weeks and steadily improved all year. All my tests are normal now - no sign of any blockages, no shortness of breath. Occasional chest discomfort but it is almost like ghost pain. You all may know that I suffer from a few other health and emotional issues as well:

    - Sleep Apnea
    - 30 pounds overweight
    - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    - Bipolar II
    - Depression\Anxiety

    All of this has to be controlled as well as they are risk factors. I am taking the following medications:

    Full aspirin
    50 mg. Toprol
    100 mg. Lamictal (anti depressant)
    300 mg. Lithium
    100 mg. Zoloft

    It all seems to be helping me control stress issues which are my biggest risk factor now as I am convinced this was the underlying issue for my cardiovascular disease.

    I will need to work on maintaining my physical and mental health now that my heart work has been done.

    No problems climbing stairs now; can do several flights.

    Thanks all for your support. Feel free to write with ANY questions.
    Alcohol ablation January, 2004. Stent placed, September, 2003. Now...at age 53...working out, building a cabin, sober and clean. A 2nd chance at life. There is hope, there is a future. Have faith.

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    Hello Martin. I'm glad you popped in to let us know how you're doing. It sounds like you have your life under pretty good control right now. I'm proud of what you've accomplished. Take care.


    Husband has HCM.
    3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


    • #3

      This is fantastic news, i hope things work out for you from here on out, make sure you take care of yourself we want you around here for sometime to come

      Diagnosed 2003
      Myectomy 2-23-2004
      Husband: Ken
      Son: John diagnosed 2004
      Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

      Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


      • #4
        Good for you Martin! What a great story of success. May God grant you many years!
        God Squad co-moderator
        Nothing is as gentle as strength and nothing is as strong as gentleness


        • #5
          Martin, congratulations, thanks for sharing - Linda


          • #6
            Thanks all

            ...your responses have been very heartfelt.
            Alcohol ablation January, 2004. Stent placed, September, 2003. Now...at age 53...working out, building a cabin, sober and clean. A 2nd chance at life. There is hope, there is a future. Have faith.


            • #7

              You've put in a lot of hard work to get where you are right now, you must be very proud of all your accomplishments. I'm so glad to hear your ablation has been successful for you. That must seem like icing on the cake after everything else.

              Take care buddy,

              "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."


              • #8

                I am very happy for all of the improvements you have had in your life over the past few years. Thank you for sharing them with us all. If you would be interested in sharing your story in more detail I would welcome an article for the newsletter!
                Best wishes,
                Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                Currently not obstructed
                Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


                • #9

                  I'm glad to hear you are doing so well. I wish you continued good health, many wonderful years and much success.

                  49 yrs. old
                  Diagnosed at 31.
                  Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
                  First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
                  Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
                  Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
                  My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
                  2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.


                  • #10

                    It is great to hear the wonderfull news of your continued improvement. I hope you continue to feel well and please keep us posted.

                    Best to you .

                    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin