... personally thinks some of them made it worse). He is now considered refractory to medication and we are going to see a specialist about ablation surgery. Has anyone had that or know of someone who has? He is considered to have Paroxsymal (sp) AF and my research says people with PAF have a better outcome with ablation than those who have permenant AF...
You may find this video link helpful:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/surgeryvideos.html - click on atrial fibrillation.
I have two brothers that tried ablations but sorry to say theirs didn't work, one they killed his sinus node and he would have died were it not for his pacemaker. The other brother they infected his heart and he had to have open heart surgery to replace the infected Aortic Valve. I have not had any ablations but a Medtronic Pacemaker implanted in 2006 still have a-fib. Control my heart rate with Verapamil and Metoprolol Tartrate. Heart Rate is far more important than Heart Rhythm.
I would also suggest you Visit www.amiodaronetoxicity.com for more information. I have had arrhythmia problems since 1993. I have had over 1300 episodes since I had my pacemaker installed so that isn't perfect either but never had (breathing problems) until after I took Amiodarone in 2006 for 10 days. Now there are times I wish I could just die. If I do get an ablation the only Dr. I would try is Dr. Bruce Lindsay at the Cleveland Ohio Clinic, he is the one that developed the procedure while at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis MO.
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