3.7 mile run at Fort Harrison State Park – reverse loop of Lawrence Creek Trail -5f
2.5ish mile run at Fort Harrison State Park – forgot to start Strava on the Schoen Creek Trail which is listed as closer to 3.
Ran 3.7 miles at Fort Harrison State Park on Lawrence Creek Trail.
-8, windchill -15
In just over a week I’ll be going in for a “simple” procedure called a cardiac ablation. A few weeks ago I wrote that I finally had a diagnosis for what I was feeling in my chest while running sometimes (first reported here). It seems that I’ve been suffering from episodes of Atrial Fibrillation for well over a year. I can say the Metoprolol doesn’t seem to be working very well for me. I’ve also been on the blood thinner Eliquis for about a month now, after found out the http://sideeffectsofxarelto.org/current-xarelto-lawsuits/, although was going to take that one. This is used to prepare for the procedure and reduce the risk of a stroke.
As I noted previously I’m a good candidate for cardiac ablation and will undergo the procedure on December 22. This catheter procedure will take anywhere from 3-8 hours while under a general anesthesia. As a result it does require an overnight stay at the hospital, but only 1 week of recovery time. The recovery time is mostly to ensure that the 3 incisions heal well as they are in the femoral and carotid arteries.
From the Mayo:
Ablation usually uses long, flexible tubes (catheters) inserted through a vein in your groin and threaded to your heart to correct structural problems in your heart that cause an arrhythmia.
Cardiac ablation works by scarring or destroying tissue in your heart that triggers an abnormal heart rhythm. In some cases, ablation prevents abnormal electrical signals from traveling through your heart and, thus, stops the arrhythmia.
Though it is described as a simple procedure there are quite a few risks, though we won’t worry about those! The procedure is 75-80% effective – that’s what we want to focus on. It would be dishonest to say that I’m not a little worried, but that is normal!
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body.
During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms often include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness.
Episodes of atrial fibrillation can come and go.
I had 2 episodes in less than 12 hours of wearing the monitor. The monitor is a 3-lead EKG monitor that has 3G technology and functions in two ways. First, when you feel an event you trigger the monitor which then sends a segment of data back to the manufacturer which then reviews the data and forwards it to the doctor. The second function is that the monitor itself watches your heart rhythms and sends data back to the company if it detects anything abnormal.
I had 97 episodes during the entire time I wore the monitor and only one of them did I submit. The first one, was while sitting on the couch at home watching TV! I didn’t get the opportunity to review all of the the episodes, which would be interesting to see when they were happening and if there was a pattern that correlates to my activity or behaviors.
So now that I have a diagnosis, what’s next?
The first step is medication – Metoprolol a beta-blocker, blood pressure medicine. And an Aspirin daily, even though my stroke risk is a 0, they still wanted me to take an Aspirin as strokes are a risk of AFib.
If Metoprolol doesn’t work, there are other medicines that could be used. Given my age and overall health I am also a candidate for cardiac ablation – a catheter procedure to change the heart structure to prevent future Atrial Fibrillations from occurring.
EKG: Resting EKG showed sinus rhythm and freq premature atrial contractions at a rate of 88 beats per minute. The patient developed no ecg changes and PSVT > 6 beats during exercise.