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Old 12-14-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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Question Ablation/phrenic nerve damage

I have recently had two ablations, one in July & another in October, this was in addition to one i had two years ago. Following the first one i started to get acute breathing problems. This was blamed on the the heart as the ablation didn't work as within a few days i was back in AF.
Following the third ablation my breathing became acute. I went into A & E 7 was kept in for three days then discharged as they couldn't work out what the problem was. They have since taken some x rays & found the right diaphragm was paralysed & twice the size of the left & was squashed up into the lung leaving me with one lung working.
They "think" the phrenic nerve has been damaged. I have asked for morte information but been told to "lets see what happens" & come back in 4 months!
Does anyone know if this will repair?, will i ever get my breathing back to somewhere near normal.

 
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Re: Ablation/phrenic nerve damage

There are some articles that suggest that Phrenic nerve injury can repair, in most cases, in an average of 9 months.

I hope that your breathing problems improve overtime.

How is your heart rate and heart rhythm? Any improvement after your third ablation? Do you know the ablation success rates of your cardiologists?
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Re: Ablation/phrenic nerve damage

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There are some articles that suggest that Phrenic nerve injury can repair, in most cases, in an average of 9 months.

I hope that your breathing problems improve overtime.

How is your heart rate and heart rhythm? Any improvement after your third ablation? Do you know the ablation success rates of your cardiologists?

 
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:10 AM   #4
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Re: Ablation/phrenic nerve damage

thanks for your reply
Ironically, after all the ops the heart is now in rhythm & seems to be working ok. Although the resting rate is a little high at around 65(it used to be 38/42), it is a lot better & rises to 150/160 under effort then drops off fairly ok. It's the breathing that is so bad !!
I'm afraid i've no idea what the ablation success rates are, sorry.

 
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