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    08-08-2013, 03:54 AM
This sounds really strange to me. I'd be trying to get your parents to insist on a second opinion. To be so disabled so young by something so easy to fix is crazy. I'm very sorry to hear this brenna - you hang on in there, they must have a bloody good reason for this.
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    08-08-2013, 03:59 AM
The ONLY reason they told me is that the insurance wont pay enough..

I am doing all of the research I can to see if it really is true that I could grow out of it.... I haven't found anything. And my cardio never mentioned anything like it...
    08-08-2013, 04:57 AM
Oh Brenna, that's awful I am very sorry for you. What are your options?
    08-08-2013, 10:14 AM
My daughter had her last ablation done at Emory. The insurance paid all that they were supposed to pay, but she still had a huge bill because the insurance is not very good. She had the procedure. After the fact, she contacted the hospital and told them that the bill produced a real hardship on her. They sent her forms to fill out. They forgave all of the bill that the insurance didn't pay.

If you go to an electrophysiologist, he may can help you get set up to do it without you having to pay everything. They already make a king's ransom off of the insurance company. They might do it anyway.

Just so you'll know, beta blockers often cause depression. If you feel terribly discouraged, keep in mind that it might be the drugs. Eventually you will be able to get the procedure, get off the drugs, and the depressive side effects will be gone.
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    08-08-2013, 10:23 AM
Originally Posted by Brenna Lee    
Parents said I'd have to wait 2more years until they consider surgery again because a family doctor told them I could grow out of it... I feel so helpless.
Your parents should be listening to your cardiologist, not some random family doctor. Specialist versus general practitioner? Specialist wins every time.

I'm on Atenolol twice a day for rapid heartbeat. I do not have A-fib or anything life threatening, but I understand what you're going through. My cardiologist is more than willing to do the ablation on me, but would rather see if the medication helps first. It does most of the time, but every so often I'll have breakthrough events. Very scary and very debilitating.

Even if the insurance won't pay the majority of it, your folks can pay $10 a month for the rest of their natural lives to pay off the bill if they have to. Someone who really needs the surgery should get it, not have others give them a 'wait and see' attitude.
    08-08-2013, 02:02 PM
Speed, you and the OP need to see a cardiac electrophysiologist, not just a cardiologist.
    08-08-2013, 02:07 PM
Cardiologist will refer to electrophysiologist.. at least here.

And it's NOT surgery ... it's a procedure.
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    08-08-2013, 02:15 PM
And the electrophysiologist is the one that makes the call whether you need anything done.
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    08-08-2013, 02:18 PM
Originally Posted by texasgal    
Cardiologist will refer to electrophysiologist.. at least here.

And it's NOT surgery ... it's a procedure.
Yes, my cardiologist has said if the medication doesn't work, he'll refer me. He says he's a 'plumber' and if I need an ablation done an 'electrician' has to do it.

Correct; procedure, not surgery. Still expensive and invasive, though.
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    08-08-2013, 02:19 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Still expensive and invasive, though.
And so worth the risk and money if you need it.

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