Jim's Ablation

Jim's Ablation

   

I don't need adenosine anymore!  I had a medical procedure done on Oct. 27, 2000.  It cured my heart's SVT (SupraVentricularTachycardia) problem.  See below.

   

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Supraventricular Tachycardias (SVTs)

Description:
Fast heart rhythms beginning above your ventricles, in your atria can have symptoms of palpitations (pounding in your chest), dizziness, chest pain, clamminess, and shortness of breath. These abnormally fast rhythms frequently occur in people who do not have any heart disease, and can affect children, young adults, and older adults. These abnormal rhythms are usually due to electrical signals that form "short circuits" and fast heart beats (right).
 

In some supraventricular tachycardias, a short circuit stops some of the electrical signals before they reach the ventricles.

Treatment Options:
In the past, supraventricular tachycardias were treated only with medications. Since the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, a procedure called a catheter ablation has been developed to treat some supraventricular tachycardias. In a catheter ablation procedure, steerable catheters (flexible, insulated wires) are placed into a leg vein in the groin, and guided to the heart. During the diagnostic portion of the study, the location of the extra pathway, or source of extra heart beats is determined. The catheter is then placed next to the region responsible for the abnormal rhythm and a type of energy called radiofrequency energy is delivered through the catheter. This procedure destroys the abnormal cells responsible for the fast rhythms, or supraventricular tachycardias. For most supraventricular tachycardias, the success rate for catheter ablation is greater than 90% and can result in a permanent cure. For these reasons catheter ablation has become the first choice for treatment of many supraventricular arrhythmias, preventing the need for life-long medication use and possible medication side effects.

Read more about treatments for SVTs and Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome.

  

Here are some pics taken at the hospital:

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This is Leah, an RN at Mercy General with a great sense of humor.  She kept me smiling before the procedure. She was great at starting the IV. No resulting bruise!

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   This is Kyle and Leah, both RNs.  Kyle answered most of my questions regarding the Ablation procedure.  He also gave me a mohawk.   :-)

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Here's the room where I had the procedure done, along with all the hi-tech equipment they used for the procedure.  Tech Jim is going through the paperwork after the procedure.  He was the one "zapping" my heart.

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Here is Dr. Sharma, the "electrician" who fixed my heart.  He is holding a catheter like the one used in my procedure. He did the EP study and followed it with the Ablation procedure. Dr. Sharma answered all my questions, and made me very comfortable before I had the procedure done.  Susie the RN is visible in the background.

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Here I am before the procedure.

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Here I am, heavily drugged, right after the procedure.   Look at my glassy eyes.  That's Jim the Technician in the background. He is applying pressure to where the catheter was inserted near my clavicle.

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