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Bill Mattocks

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I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in January during an annual physical; it showed up on an EKG.

I had a cardioversion but it didn't shock my heart back into rhythm.

I met with an electrophysiologist (actually two of them, I got a 2nd opinion). They recommended cardiac ablation.

Due to covid and general long wait times, I didn't get my ablation until today.

It seems to have gone well. Despite being told I had a 50% chance of achieving a normal sinus rhythm due to my age and how long we estimated I'd been in afib, I have a normal rhythm now. I will be taking some drugs to try to keep it that way.

Not sure how long I have to avoid serious workouts at the dojo, but I'm hoping to get my fitness back in order if I can.

Thought I'd share my little victory.
 

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I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in January during an annual physical; it showed up on an EKG.

I had a cardioversion but it didn't shock my heart back into rhythm.

I met with an electrophysiologist (actually two of them, I got a 2nd opinion). They recommended cardiac ablation.

Due to covid and general long wait times, I didn't get my ablation until today.

It seems to have gone well. Despite being told I had a 50% chance of achieving a normal sinus rhythm due to my age and how long we estimated I'd been in afib, I have a normal rhythm now. I will be taking some drugs to try to keep it that way.

Not sure how long I have to avoid serious workouts at the dojo, but I'm hoping to get my fitness back in order if I can.

Thought I'd share my little victory.
Great news. I hope you have a drama free recovery and get back on your feet fast.
 

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I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in January during an annual physical; it showed up on an EKG.

I had a cardioversion but it didn't shock my heart back into rhythm.

I met with an electrophysiologist (actually two of them, I got a 2nd opinion). They recommended cardiac ablation.

Due to covid and general long wait times, I didn't get my ablation until today.

It seems to have gone well. Despite being told I had a 50% chance of achieving a normal sinus rhythm due to my age and how long we estimated I'd been in afib, I have a normal rhythm now. I will be taking some drugs to try to keep it that way.

Not sure how long I have to avoid serious workouts at the dojo, but I'm hoping to get my fitness back in order if I can.

Thought I'd share my little victory.
Good luck to you sir!
 

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Absolutely awesome news Bill!!! Please keep us posted, and hoping all continues to go well and on the up.
 

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I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in January during an annual physical; it showed up on an EKG.

I had a cardioversion but it didn't shock my heart back into rhythm.

I met with an electrophysiologist (actually two of them, I got a 2nd opinion). They recommended cardiac ablation.

Due to covid and general long wait times, I didn't get my ablation until today.

It seems to have gone well. Despite being told I had a 50% chance of achieving a normal sinus rhythm due to my age and how long we estimated I'd been in afib, I have a normal rhythm now. I will be taking some drugs to try to keep it that way.

Not sure how long I have to avoid serious workouts at the dojo, but I'm hoping to get my fitness back in order if I can.

Thought I'd share my little victory.
Love to hear this, Bill!
 

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You know what they say, "Two steps forward, three steps back." or something like that. At least, that's the way it seems. But what's life without a challenge? Best of luck in overcoming this one.
 

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Go slowly and be careful. There were a LOT of things I experienced during my recovery from bypass surgery that absolutely no one mentioned or warned me about. Not only is there a physical recovery, but there was a spiritual and mental recovery I had to go thru, too. You can do it. This is a poker chip I had make up to give to students that need a nudge. It's my IN NAE challenge coin. I hereby give it to you!
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I was diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation in January during an annual physical; it showed up on an EKG.

I had a cardioversion but it didn't shock my heart back into rhythm.

I met with an electrophysiologist (actually two of them, I got a 2nd opinion). They recommended cardiac ablation.

Due to covid and general long wait times, I didn't get my ablation until today.

It seems to have gone well. Despite being told I had a 50% chance of achieving a normal sinus rhythm due to my age and how long we estimated I'd been in afib, I have a normal rhythm now. I will be taking some drugs to try to keep it that way.

Not sure how long I have to avoid serious workouts at the dojo, but I'm hoping to get my fitness back in order if I can.

Thought I'd share my little victory.
Just had a follow-up exam. I seem to be healing ok. Blood pressure 116/79, pulse 76, normal sinus heart rhythm. I still have chest and back pain, dry cough, a lot of bruising where the catheters went into my femoral arteries, but all normal. I'm still off work until next Monday.
 

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Just had a follow-up exam. I seem to be healing ok. Blood pressure 116/79, pulse 76, normal sinus heart rhythm. I still have chest and back pain, dry cough, a lot of bruising where the catheters went into my femoral arteries, but all normal. I'm still off work until next Monday.
Nice to hear! Good healing to you!
 
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It's been 20 days since the cardiac ablation. I was in normal sinus rhythm for 10 days. Then the atrial fibrillation returned, and with a vengeance. Whereas before I had been asymptomatic, now I was feeling the AFib. It was like my heart was doing flip-flops in my chest. I'm taking twice-a-day Flecainide to try to force my heart back into rhythm, but it didn't seem to be working. At night, I really felt sometimes like maybe I would not wake up. I told the doctor, and sent copies of the ECG output my handy little portable ECG tester was showing, and they agreed I was back in AFib and told me to keep taking the blood thinners and Flecainide and don't worry about it. Fun.

However, yesterday I went back into normal sinus rhythm again spontaneously and I've stayed there for over 24 hours so far. So I'm hoping for the best.

I was never given a high chance of this working, since I was apparently in atrial fibrillation for so long to begin with. So I guess I should simply be grateful.

Anyway, just an update. Tonight's a dojo night. Another night of standing around and feeling basically useless.
 

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It's been 20 days since the cardiac ablation. I was in normal sinus rhythm for 10 days. Then the atrial fibrillation returned, and with a vengeance. Whereas before I had been asymptomatic, now I was feeling the AFib. It was like my heart was doing flip-flops in my chest. I'm taking twice-a-day Flecainide to try to force my heart back into rhythm, but it didn't seem to be working. At night, I really felt sometimes like maybe I would not wake up. I told the doctor, and sent copies of the ECG output my handy little portable ECG tester was showing, and they agreed I was back in AFib and told me to keep taking the blood thinners and Flecainide and don't worry about it. Fun.

However, yesterday I went back into normal sinus rhythm again spontaneously and I've stayed there for over 24 hours so far. So I'm hoping for the best.

I was never given a high chance of this working, since I was apparently in atrial fibrillation for so long to begin with. So I guess I should simply be grateful.

Anyway, just an update. Tonight's a dojo night. Another night of standing around and feeling basically useless.

Sorry to hear this Bill. But glad it went back to normal
 

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It's been 20 days since the cardiac ablation. I was in normal sinus rhythm for 10 days. Then the atrial fibrillation returned, and with a vengeance. Whereas before I had been asymptomatic, now I was feeling the AFib. It was like my heart was doing flip-flops in my chest. I'm taking twice-a-day Flecainide to try to force my heart back into rhythm, but it didn't seem to be working. At night, I really felt sometimes like maybe I would not wake up. I told the doctor, and sent copies of the ECG output my handy little portable ECG tester was showing, and they agreed I was back in AFib and told me to keep taking the blood thinners and Flecainide and don't worry about it. Fun.

However, yesterday I went back into normal sinus rhythm again spontaneously and I've stayed there for over 24 hours so far. So I'm hoping for the best.

I was never given a high chance of this working, since I was apparently in atrial fibrillation for so long to begin with. So I guess I should simply be grateful.

Anyway, just an update. Tonight's a dojo night. Another night of standing around and feeling basically useless.
Bill take it easy...honestly
 
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