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Post by kodi30 on Mon Jun 23, 2014 5:59 pm

Hi all,
I haven't posted much on here lately for a couple reasons, one is I haven't been running at all. Doing some walking, swimming and gym and it is fairly minimal. I was recently diagnosed with a-fib and really bad shortness of breath so keeping kind of low key. Now the time has come to have it all fixed.

Tomorrow (Tuesday, June 24) at about 1PM at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix I will be having an AV-Node ablation. For us lay people this is what it is:
Used to treat rapid irregular heartbeats, AV Node Ablation is a procedure by which the heart's AV node (Atrioventricular node, the electrical pathway that connects the top chambers to the bottom chambers of the heart) is modified to restore normal heart rhythms. The procedure involves cauterizing or freezing the AV node to block or alter electrical conduction through this region of the heart. During a typical AV node ablation, a permanent pacemaker is implanted in the chest to mechanically regulate the pulse rate in the lower chambers of the heart (ventricles) to match the natural pulse rate in the upper chambers of the heart (atria).

I already have the pacemaker but they will be reprogramming it to better compensate for the change. I have also been experiencing some pretty bad shortness of breath problems and the ablation, the reprogramming of the pacemaker and some medications will help take care of the problems.

I hope this will get me back to doing some running and easier walking and swimming.

I have all the confidence one would need with the doctors and staff at the Mayo Clinic but anytime they put you to sleep and start internal procedures on your body, it is a little scary. I know I am going to come out of this 100% better.

Should only be a one night hospital stay, if that. I will update you all when I get home.


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Post by Dave Tuttle on Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:23 pm

Good luck tomorrow Mel... I hope the ablation gets everything back to normal and you can start running again.

We'll be looking forward to that update when you get home.

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Post by echoguy on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:08 pm

Wishing you all the best Mel.... Please keep us posted on your progress!

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Post by RoadKillBill on Tue Jun 24, 2014 5:07 am

Good luck, Mel. Please be sure to let us know when you're on the other side.

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Post by kodi30 on Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:16 pm

Thanks for the thoughts guys. I guess you could say I'm on the other side but it will be a while before I can tell the total effects of the procedure. They reprogrammed the pacemaker and temporarily set the min HR high(80). This is only for about a month when it will be set back to 60. Starting on blood thinners tomorrow and everything else remains as is. No strenuous stuff until Monday then I'll see where this all leads me.

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Post by RoadKillBill on Thu Jun 26, 2014 4:48 am

Thanks for the note, Mel. Best wishes for a continued smooth journey.

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Post by Guest on Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:02 am

Wishing you a speedy recovery, take your time healing. Before long you'll be back out there running.  Smile 

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Post by twal on Thu Jun 26, 2014 8:13 pm

I heard it takes a while for the benefits of ablation kick in. Hang in there.

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:02 am

I hope you're doing well Mel!

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Post by Rachel August on Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:13 pm

Thinking of you Mel!!!!

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