She is a 60-year old heart patient who wryly claims: “Catheter ablation is one of my favorite subjects!” After she underwent this treatment for her atrial fibrillation*, she healed surprisingly slowly, and her distressing episodes of high or irregular heart rate – averaging anywhere from 140-160 beats per minute – “came back full-time”.
She was also warned that these symptoms could last for months. She adds:
“I know how frustrating it is when doctors tell you that ablation is ‘The Answer’ and it turns out not to be.”
Sadly, she is not alone. Last year, cardiac researchers at St. David’s Hospital in Austin, Texas reported striking differences in the outcomes and complications of more than 3,200 women who underwent the cardiac procedure called Atrial Fibrillation Ablation*. Continue reading “Why are women with atrial fibrillation treated differently?”