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Just a little background. My husband has battled a-fib for a couple of years. He had the cardioversion done three times a couple of years ago and took amiodarone for three months to get his heart to stay in rhythm. Amiodarone is a very lethal drug if taken for an extended time that can damage your lungs. Anyway during that time he had a lot of wheezing and fluid build up in which they thought he had asthma. He saw an Pulmonary doctor who after treating him for asthma decided to test him for asthma and found out that he does not have it. The wheezing was caused from the heart. His heart has stayed in rhythm for two years but it went back in a-fib a few months ago. As soon as the heart became irregular the wheezing came back. Now his cardiologist has him on all kinds of meds because he wants to see if he can get his heart rate down to 80 and see how he feels and if he feels okay he wants to leave him in a-fib. So for a few months he has not had a single nights sleep. He goes to bed and wakes up around 2 or 3 and has to go sit up on the couch to breath. I'm waiting for a return call from the doctor now. My worry is that the longer this keeps dragging out the more damage is happening to his heart. For some reason, it seems that the doctor is trying to do everything other than the ablation. Any suggestion I will greatly appreciate it.

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Just a little background. My husband has battled a-fib for a couple of years. He had the cardioversion done three times a couple of years ago and took amiodarone for three months to get his heart to stay in rhythm. Amiodarone is a very lethal drug if taken for an extended time that can damage your lungs. Anyway during that time he had a lot of wheezing and fluid build up in which they thought he had asthma. He saw an Pulmonary doctor who after treating him for asthma decided to test him for asthma and found out that he does not have it. The wheezing was caused from the heart. His heart has stayed in rhythm for two years but it went back in a-fib a few months ago. As soon as the heart became irregular the wheezing came back. Now his cardiologist has him on all kinds of meds because he wants to see if he can get his heart rate down to 80 and see how he feels and if he feels okay he wants to leave him in a-fib. So for a few months he has not had a single nights sleep. He goes to bed and wakes up around 2 or 3 and has to go sit up on the couch to breath. I'm waiting for a return call from the doctor now. My worry is that the longer this keeps dragging out the more damage is happening to his heart. For some reason, it seems that the doctor is trying to do everything other than the ablation. Any suggestion I will greatly appreciate it.

My older sister was diagnosed with the same thing a few months ago - really scared her and she had some bad incidents related to this illness. They tried the medication on her for about 3 months. It didn't work. They did the ablation about 4 months ago and she has not had any other problems - worked immediately. She said the procedure wasn't bad. She was put to sleep and it lasted about an hour but she was fine afterwards. She had hers done at Emory. I can't remember the name of the cardiologist but I can get it for you if you would like.

 

I hope your husband feels much better soon.

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Dr Peodad who is now at the Wellstar Cardiology office by Paulding Hospital put in my wife's pacemaker a nunmber of years ago and he is very good. My wife's regular cardiologist, who she sees regularly is Dr. Michael Brown, at Wellstar Cardiology by Kennestone Hospital is very good and is the one who chose Dr. Peodad for the surgery. Dr. Brown is also in Woodstock.

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Dr Peodad who is now at the Wellstar Cardiology office by Paulding Hospital put in my wife's pacemaker a nunmber of years ago and he is very good. My wife's regular cardiologist, who she sees regularly is Dr. Michael Brown, at Wellstar Cardiology by Kennestone Hospital is very good and is the one who chose Dr. Peodad for the surgery. Dr. Brown is also in Woodstock.

Dr. Brown is in the same group as Dr. Kramer. I'm partial to Dr. Kramer, he saved my daddy's life. :wub:

My older sister was diagnosed with the same thing a few months ago - really scared her and she had some bad incidents related to this illness. They tried the medication on her for about 3 months. It didn't work. They did the ablation about 4 months ago and she has not had any other problems - worked immediately. She said the procedure wasn't bad. She was put to sleep and it lasted about an hour but she was fine afterwards. She had hers done at Emory. I can't remember the name of the cardiologist but I can get it for you if you would like.I hope your husband feels much better soon.

Great of you to share this, BB. This will help put her mind at ease.

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Thanks everyone! They finally called back. They want to start him on amiodarone again and schedule a cardioversion again. This will be number four and he just admitted to me that he is scared to have it done again. They said after they get him back in rhythm then they will schedule the ablation. Beach Bum did they do that to your sister and can you get me the name of her doctor? Thanks!

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Thanks everyone! They finally called back. They want to start him on amiodarone again and schedule a cardioversion again. This will be number four and he just admitted to me that he is scared to have it done again. They said after they get him back in rhythm then they will schedule the ablation. Beach Bum did they do that to your sister and can you get me the name of her doctor? Thanks!

I verified with my sister that her cardiologist at Emory tried the medication and when they didn't work, he went straight to the ablation option. The ablation worked well and she hasn't had any problems since. The cardiologist did mention to my sister that a lot of physicians are hesitant about doing the ablation until all other medical treatment options have been exhausted but he did elect to go straight from the medication to the ablation with her. She was put to sleep during the procedure but it was outpatient and she did not have any complications afterwards.

 

The cardiologist she used was Dr. Michael Lloyd at Emory - (404) 778-5299. Good luck and I hope everything works out well!

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Wellstar Cardiovascular Medicine (CVM) is a huge group with all those doctors in it, except the Emory doc. Dr. Piedad is a subspecialist, he's the "electrician" of the group and only handles disorders related to the cardiac electrical system and pacemakers. Dr. Michael Brown is good, he's one of the founding doctors of the practice, and Dr. Mannino is very nice and thorough. (I used to work with that group before they became CVM!). Dr. Sachs is good too. If you don't mind going to Atlanta, check with any of the docs at St. Joe's. A-Fib is not fun to deal with; have they diagnosed congestive heart failure or pulmonary hypertension? Both are cardiac issues that can affect the lungs.

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Emory has a wonderful cardo team.... if the doctor does not won;t to do the ablation and your husband wants the prodecure done... have a sit down with the doctor and find out exactly why.... good luck......

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