Friday, April 24, 2009
I had my SVT ablation today (for more on that, read the post below this).
It was a long procedure -- about three and a half hours, since I had an atypical electrical pathway. I now understand why adenosine is so uncomfortable and how isoproterenol makes the heart pound. I recall lying on the cath lab table, in a fog of versed and fentanyl (sedation medications), as my heart would intermittently pound. But in the end, it was a success.
The staff in the cath lab and the nurses on the floor were great.
I definitely have a new appreciation for what my patients go through.
Image from heartrhythmguide.com