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post #21 of 27 Old 08-08-2013, 01:21 PM
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Expensive, yes.

An EP study is minimally invasive and will determine exactly where the issue is.

Ablation is moderately invasive, but still not surgery.

It's such amazing technology and can be life changing... it's a shame some insurances won't cover it.
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Agreed, but may not be necessary. As an older adult going through menopause, my cardiologist isn't all gung ho to put me under the knife/laser if the medication will work.

I think the OP has life altering/threatening issues though, which is different from me. At 17 y/o, this may well save her life. For me, it'd be more of a convenience since what I have isn't life threatening, just scary and sometimes painful when I have breakthrough episodes.

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Speed, I only say this because I'm in the business and know the politics (sad but true). Has your cardiologist even suggested you see an EP physician? Does he work closely with one?

Some cardiologist will delay the referral because, let's face it, once you go to the EP doc, he's not seeing you until your next annual cardiology visit... if then. Some don't want to refer until they are out of meds...

Again, not meddling, but there really is no reason for you not to consult an EP doc about this. You can still say no. But the EP doc is the one trained to have a detailed look at your situation.

We do ablations on people much older than you...
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I'm going for my 6 month checkup the last week of August. The last time I spoke to my cardiologist, he stated if there wasn't significant improvement he'd refer me.

I'm not overly concerned that he's trying to guard me like a dog does a bone. He works for a huge cardiac organization called the Cardiovascular Group that has every type of doctor I might need. It's part of the Centra Medical Group, and is a cardiovascular center. So while I may not be seeing him, I'll still be in their system as a patient so they won't be losing any money.

Lynchburg, VA has one of the best cardiac care systems in the US. I'm in pretty good hands.
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Very good. .. I'll step out, now. Best wishes..*smile*
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I'd be very surprised if you 'grow out of it.' I started getting mild symptoms around the time that I hit puberty, and it got progressively worse until I had the ablation at 22. Also, my understanding is that arrhythmias often get worse during pregnancy and can endanger the life of the mother and baby (not to mention that you may or may not be able to continue taking any medications during that time). I know you're too young to be thinking of having kids anytime soon, but it's something to keep in mind!

If your insurance won't cover it, I can see why your parents would rather wait it out. I strongly suspected I would need this done when I got my first job out of college and got the best insurance my employer offered based on that assumption. I only had to pay the $20 co-pay for the electrophysiologist, but I will always remember seeing the insurance statement showing what they paid out- it was about $65k.
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Originally Posted by Brenna Lee View Post
Hi guys,

Just felt like writing about what I am going through. Also wondering if there is anyone on here that's going through the same thing.

I'm 17, I have had SVT for 5.5 years.
SVT for me is:

Recently it has been very bad. I can barley ride and it's getting to the point where it is unbearable. It starts nearly every time I do anything physical. The medication I'm on is Bisoprolol and I take it once daily, sometimes twice daily if needed. I have to be careful to stay away from cafeine as well though.

The final straw was when I had an episode at my last two lessons.
I finally broke down and cried. I have wanted to do hunters/jumpers my whole life. And I now have an opportunity to start, and I cant even do 2-point for a lap around the arena w/o problems.

We are setting up and ablation surgery to remove the excess tissue that causes this.
Scared, but I need my horses and riding. (They are my life.)

I am willing to take a risk to accomplish a dream.

Anyone else with this condition that can share some tips? :)

I suffer from SVT myself and have for the last 20 years. I have been on daily heart medication to control it and doing great now. I would suggest you see a physician who can send you to a specialist to see what you need if anything.

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