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    From what I've read about radio frequency ablations, there is just a slight risk with this procedure. Why are some patients put on anti-arrthymic medications that have many serious side effects, rather than having this procedure? I know that HCMers hearts are more difficult to pinpoint the location where the electrical signal is going haywire, but it is possible to treat.....I'm confused
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    RFA is for targeting extra or bothersome pathways. The electric conduction in an HCM heart isn't necessarily because of extra pathways, it's due to the disarray in the heart muscle itself. That's what makes it extra hard to "fix" with RFA.

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

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      Has anyone had success with a radio frequency ablation?
      \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

      Ralph Waldo Emerson

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        Hi, Cynthia,

        Yes, I had rfa of atrial flutter a year and a half or so ago. It helped reduce the sense that I was going to fall over at any moment. However, it did not get rid of all the strange sensations. Last summer after I got the ICD, the doctor doubled the beta blocker. That seems to have taken away almost all of the arrhythmias for me, at least for now. Every once in awhile I have some sense that the flutter is back, but it is mild and very short-lived. I have no complaints, only praise, for the rfa, but I should say that it was done in the course of an ep exam. So, it (the ablation) was not exactly a planned procedure.

        Rhoda

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