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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 05:27 pm
So, Mr Farmerman, how'd it go?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:08 pm
My time and place has changed, Im gonna be in Lankanau Hospital maybe over Christmas (bummer)
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:48 pm
farmerman: I wish you the best with this procedure. I have faith that you will get this straightened out soon based on what you have written. I skimmed this thread fairly quickly but I think I read that you might be having a laser ablation surgery and possibly a cardio-version to get the heartbeat rhythm normalized again. I had better re-read to be certain.

FWIW, coincidentally my g/f has had a few laser ablations to get her Atrial-fib prob straightened out but she's fine now..finally. Meds and this procedure have got it under control.

I personally am a sufferer of Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy, (HOCM) as well as a serious arrhythmia problem. I've had HOCM for 6 yrs now. It started with some dizziness on exertion than after a short time it came on when I just stood up. Then it progressed to a point where I had a serious episode where I had V-Tach (ventricular tachycardia) for 15 secs (recorded). Had it lasted 30 secs I might have passed out or not have been a survivor.

All this was remedied with an implanted ICD (defib-pacemaker) unit and meds. I feel fortunate that none of this was discovered due to my passing out or crashing or having a heart attack. It was all uncovered during physical or diag. testing.

Apparently this was a birth defect that was dormant for most of life and then progressed (regressed, actually) suddenly after 50 some odd years.

Here's where we are more similar: last week I had an episode of atrial fibrilation that lasted about 8 hours. Having had experience with arrhythmia, I monitored this closely for a short while as these were serious palpitations...pulse started skipping 85-110 bpm (instead of my normal 60 bpm). I had my g/f drive to the ER where after brief observation they admitted me to a room and kept me there for 12 hrs.

The problem straightened out (prob on its own but they changed one of meds. They didn't need to zap me externally to re-set the rhythm.

If my ICD (bionic device) sensed REAL life-threatening rhythm trouble it would have zapped me, but the rhythm prob was not within the 'window' or danger zone.

I rambled a bit, but maybe you're able to pick out something useful. If I reread and see something I missed, I'll add it afterward.

Bottom line is. FWIW, you've got support here. It's NOT minor...but it sounds like you're getting great help and you are in good hands as they know how to fix this.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:56 pm
thanks, sounds like youve had a much tougher path than I. My docs dont have a serious concern about the AT fib except that it doesnt induce a stroke. Hence the rat poison cocktails.

Part of the problem is that, in an event, its more notceable when I lie down. I dont like the laser ablation because there are reports that it can be a temporary fix . I spent Memorial day in the hospital and then went on vacation and it came back in August, .I believe the tsress of me prepping for my work in Argentina set me off again . My cardiologist says that this isnt unusual.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 06:57 pm
checked http://www.mainlinehealth.org/lh/
Ok, kid, I'll let you go there...
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 07:24 pm
I saw that link when I researched it too. Looks good, Farmerman! Seems as though you're in REALLY good hands.

FWIW, I am advised to take full-strength Aspirin for my blood-thinner/anti-clot med.
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 07:37 pm
I was on an aspirin regimen also. However, the coumadin has a standard "INR" value that after much adjusting of my dosage, it keeps my blood with a low clot factor and my diet is not a factor (except for kale, spinach greens and cranberries).
I use an aspirin occasionally for headache but only maybe 1headache in the last three months.

Lankenau has a really beautiful grounds as well, about 250 acres around the hospital and then theres St Charles and St Joes University nearby
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 07:57 pm
BTW, my gf's A-fib problem took 3 ablation treatments in 1.5 yrs but it seems to have worked (for last 6 months); however, no more ablations would be attempted to solve this problem. They would choose a different procedure should it re-occur. Happy to say she's been OK for quite awhile.


I might mention this as an aside..perhaps there's a parallel: she doesn't sleep much (3-5 hr to 4 hrs broken up sleep) and she has serious sleep apnea. Gasps for air and stops breathing for maybe 10 secs sporadically. not sure about the connection. She seems to deal with a bit of dis-stress..perhaps this is a parallel in some way?
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 08:29 pm
My wife tells me that Ive got Sleep apnea. She hits me on the side to make sure Im not dead , and, of course that just wakes me up and Im back with the At fib.
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Ragman
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 08:36 pm
That is an interesting parallel, I think.
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 08:40 pm
Here's hoping everything gets taken care of.

(((((((Farmer + Mrs. Farmer))))))))
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Montana
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 08:41 pm
My brother has sleep apnia.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 10 Dec, 2007 09:23 pm
Grrrr..... why can't medical people stay on track?!?!
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 05:36 pm
well, Tuesday's the big day. Im a bit concerned. I hope theres no problems. I hate anesthesia, I always get sick
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 05:40 pm
Me too - that is, with a general anaesthetic. Maybe a talk with the doc beforehand?
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 05:50 pm
Tuesday Tomorrow?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 06:21 pm
Tomorrow?! I just woke up to tomorrow being Tuesday. Dayum. Starting all the good thoughts from here right now...
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farmerman
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 06:39 pm
yeah, bitch aint it?
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msolga
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 06:44 pm
ossobuco wrote:
Tomorrow?! I just woke up to tomorrow being Tuesday. Dayum. Starting all the good thoughts from here right now...


Good luck to you, farmer.

Here's hoping all goes as expected.
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Joeblow
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 06:58 pm
Tomorrow, then.

Talk to you soon.
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