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  • WAs cardioverted today at NEMC

    Well, the doctors at NEMC decided to cardiovert me back into rhythm. It wasn't as bad as I thought...I was scared but they were wonderful! just 10 min. of general anesthesia and didnt feel a thing...it was a nice feeling coming out of it....VERY relaxing....I could use some of that every day! I was started on verapamil in place of atenolol. I'm on a loop monitor for a month also. I hope this works. I felt so calm and my heart is nice and steady. It's been a rough week...
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    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    My dad was cardioverted about 14 times. By the third the staff would enter the room and try to tell him what was going to happen, and "calm him down"...he just grinned and said 'yeh yeh lets go and do it'. At one point there was a young guy in the room it appeared to be a rather new thing for him to be assisting in, my father calmed him down!

    I am glad all went well.

    Best wishes!

    Lisa
    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)

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      Re: WAs cardioverted today at NEMC

      wow! 14 times! For most, does an anti-arrythmic med usually work or do you end up being cardioverted again and again?
      \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

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        Re: WAs cardioverted today at NEMC

        Yes, it works for many. My dad was a 'unique' case as he has moved into a 'burnt out' HCM.

        Be well,
        Lisa
        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)

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          Re: WAs cardioverted today at NEMC

          Cynthia, Hope your cardioversion has helped you considerably. When I had mine, my rhythm stayed steady for quite awhile (more than a year.)

          I was wondering now that you've seen Dr. M., is it his consideration that you should still have the EP Study; or, is medication trials still in the running? I, unfortunately, will have to have another ablation procedure. The last one in Dec. stopped the a-flutters, now a-fibs have shown up. I was warned that another procedure might be in the future, as a HOCM heart is very disorganized.

          Just wondering how you are doing.

          Dorothy
          Dorothy

          Diagnosed 1996, Myectomy Aug. 2000, 3 Radio-frequency ablations for a-fibs 2003-2005.

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            Re: WAs cardioverted today at NEMC

            thank you, Dorothy for your post...

            Right now, they are seeing how I do on meds. I am taking 120 mg. of verapamil a day...were you taking any anti-arrythmic med? It's been a week, so far, so good. I guess I just take it one day at a time. I would imagine if meds don't work for the a-fib, they'll probably do an EPS study or ablation. I'm hoping the verapamil does the job...I'm feeling much better and thanks for asking! You take care also...

            Cynthia
            \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

            Ralph Waldo Emerson

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              Re: WAs cardioverted today at NEMC

              Cynthia,

              Yes, I've been on Cardizem CD (Diltiazem HC,) 240 mg. a day. You do not know if the a-fibs stop on their own or if it is the medication that shortens their duration. Like I said, I was told to expect the possibility of having the a-fibs, even after the ablation. The doctors don't want to start anything stronger, as it interfers with the next ablation procedure scheduled for April.

              Take care and continued improvement for you.

              Dorothy
              Dorothy

              Diagnosed 1996, Myectomy Aug. 2000, 3 Radio-frequency ablations for a-fibs 2003-2005.

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