Ectopic Atrial Tachycardia

d_thomas02
d_thomas02 Posts: 8,656 Member
My wife goes in to the hospital in two and a half hours for a heart ablation to remedy her Ectopic Atrial Tachycardia.

Doc says three possible sites normally trigger this. Two he can fix during this procedure. The third, he'll pull out and wait for her to recover in order to have another consult as she may need a pacemaker if he ablates that area.

We both have been eating through our nervousness.
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  • Just_Ceci
    Just_Ceci Posts: 5,926 Member
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  • UncleMac
    UncleMac Posts: 11,217 Member
    Thank you for the link... I'd never heard of that before... Wow!

    Positive thoughts & energy headed your way!! <3
  • klkarlen
    klkarlen Posts: 4,366 Member
    Sending up some positive thoughts for the best outcome.
  • UncleMac
    UncleMac Posts: 11,217 Member
    Sounds like the best of all solutions. I've never heard of heart antennas.
  • d_thomas02
    d_thomas02 Posts: 8,656 Member
    I'm sure that was an oversimplification for my laymen ears.

    He could have been referring to the atrioventricular node.

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  • UncleMac
    UncleMac Posts: 11,217 Member
    Schlotsky's sammich would make me feel good too! lol
  • mtaratoot
    mtaratoot Posts: 7,657 Member
    d_thomas02 wrote: »
    She says its crazy insane how good she feels now. A little sore at the incision sites, but that is to be expected.

    :):):):):):):)
  • d_thomas02
    d_thomas02 Posts: 8,656 Member
    edited June 2019
    My wife went for her post heart procedure checkup. News was not as good as we had hoped. Here is a snippet from her text to me.
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    So not the greatest news. Something is still causing some weirdness (negative p waves which is not good) and he thinks it is because they couldn't trigger it because I was too far under anesthesia. He was disappointed and of course I am too but he feels that a second EP study with light sedation will get it. And it should be able to be done over this summer. I'm still running high so he thinks it might be yet another pathway (which is really rare) or just another cluster that needs to be ablated. They just had a patient cancel and he said could give that spot to me so I'm scheduled for another EP study on June 17. [Sigh.] He offered to refer me to a trusted EP friend in St. Louis for fresh eyes on the problem but I would rather stay with him.

    He also said the top and bottom parts of my heart are not coordinated well and thus not working together.
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    She also mentioned that he wants to use a new more flexible catheter that had just come out as the spot on her heart is difficult to reach with the current ones. These new ones aren't suppose to be available until sometime in July but he is hoping to get one for her procedure. If he can't, they will postpone the procedure until he has one in hand.
  • mtaratoot
    mtaratoot Posts: 7,657 Member
    We will keep you in our thoughts @d_thomas02. Let's assume that it's just one more lap, and that will take care of things. I know you're there for her, and that's probably the best thing there is.
  • klkarlen
    klkarlen Posts: 4,366 Member
    mtaratoot wrote: »
    We will keep you in our thoughts @d_thomas02. Let's assume that it's just one more lap, and that will take care of things. I know you're there for her, and that's probably the best thing there is.

    ^^
    Sending up some positive thoughts for the best outcome on her next round of treatments.
  • alteredsteve175
    alteredsteve175 Posts: 2,591 Member
    Here's hoping your wife gets a positive outcome on the next treatment.
  • Farback
    Farback Posts: 1,040 Member
    Good luck to you and yoir wife David
  • d_thomas02
    d_thomas02 Posts: 8,656 Member
    Thank you all.
  • UncleMac
    UncleMac Posts: 11,217 Member
    Thank you for the update. Thoughts & positive energy sent!!
  • d_thomas02
    d_thomas02 Posts: 8,656 Member
    7:28 am - Through admissions and already in the second pre-op waiting room. Waiting on her blood samples to process before they move her into the OR.

    7:55 am - Just took her into the OR. I'll get updates every couple of hours.

    10:02 am - First update. The doc has finished mapping and ready to insert the catheter. Things are proceeding smoothly and Leslie is resting comfortably.

    11:33 am - Second update. They burned the area causing the tachycardia and are waiting to see if it was a good burn or if they need to give the spot another zap. Nurse said doc should be out to talk with me in 30-45 min.

    12:06 pm - Talked with doc He has a definitive diagnosis; she has "Permanent junctional reciprocating tachycardia (PJRT). Pretty rare. (ETA: All "permanent" meant was that the tachycardia didn't come and go. She had it all the time. Note past tense. He burned the area causing the PJRT, hard. )

    He is certain he has ablated the area to the best of his equipments capabilities.

    She'll be going into recovery soon and should be released in 5 or 6 hours

    His plan, if... emphasis "if"... the tachycardia recurs, is to send her to St. Louis where they can do more burns on the outside of the heart.

    2:38 pm - Just saw Leslie in post-op. She still has a couple of hours flat on her back before they consider letting her move about. Still waiting on a private recovery room. I'm now back in the surgery waiting room.

    3:52 pm - Been in a private room for about 30 minutes. Just had an EKG, nurse said its showing a normal sinus rhythm. Waiting for doc to concur and sign the discharge papers.

    4:02 pm - Discharge papers have been signed!

    5:00 pm - Heading home.
  • klkarlen
    klkarlen Posts: 4,366 Member
    That all sounds very positive!
  • UncleMac
    UncleMac Posts: 11,217 Member
    One day at a time... Thank you for the update...
  • Farback
    Farback Posts: 1,040 Member
    Great news! Does your wife dive with you? If so, will this get her back in the water?