Not gonna be able to hunt this fall
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[email protected] 15-Aug-21
Quinn @work 15-Aug-21
pav 16-Aug-21
Slate 16-Aug-21
[email protected] 16-Aug-21
DanaC 16-Aug-21
Dale06 16-Aug-21
Shug 16-Aug-21
pav 16-Aug-21
[email protected] 16-Aug-21
goelk 16-Aug-21
Mark S 16-Aug-21
MA-PAdeerslayer 16-Aug-21
Meat Grinder 16-Aug-21
Inshart 16-Aug-21
TREESTANDWOLF 16-Aug-21
Jaquomo 16-Aug-21
'Ike' 16-Aug-21
[email protected] 18-Aug-21
Buffalo1 18-Aug-21
2Wild Bill 18-Aug-21
[email protected] 18-Aug-21
15-Aug-21
Lucky me....got a caribou permit to go along with hunting moose for this September here in Alaska. But looks like I am not going to be able to hunt this year.

About 15-20 years ago I developed this thing where my heart rate suddenly jumps to 180-220 beats per minute. Originally used to last 5-15 minutes. Now lasting up to 8 hours. When it first started happening it would occur about once every year or 2. Suddenly early July this year it started happening once or twice a week. Turns out to be supraventricular tachycardia. I have had 3 visits to the Emergency room in the last 3 weeks. Am working with a cardiologist and this coming Friday, the 20th I am going into have an ablation done on my heart. Ablation is where they go in through a vein in my leg up to the heart, find the bad nerve endings causing this and cauterize/fry the nerve endings that are causing the arrhythmia. Am told I can start light exercise after a week, but nothing strenuous for 3-4 weeks. And no flying for a full month after the ablation. I am bummed but on the bright side, after the ablation there is 95-98% chance of it never happening again. That is worth more than not being able to hunt this year!

From: Quinn @work
15-Aug-21
Good luck with your surgery. Glad they have a good idea of what is causing it and have a procedure that could eliminate it.

From: pav
16-Aug-21
Underwent the exact same procedure last October. Had the issue all my life. When I was young, I could sit down and take a couple deep breaths and my heart would go back in rhythm by itself. Mid-30's, that stopped working and I was given metoprolol to take on an as needed basis. One of those pills typically worked within a minute or two. Last year (age 58) , I had three episodes that landed me in the ER. The metoprolol stopped working.

I saw a couple cardiologists back in my 30's, but at the time they had no means to fix it. Learned about the SVT ablation procedure after my second stint in the ER last summer. Cardiologist said my options were SVT ablation or daily metoprolol for the rest of my life. Was told there is roughly a 90% success rate. Most non-successful ablations occur because they fail to trigger the SVT during the procedure and therefore can't locate the problem nerve. Very low chance of complications...so signing up for the procedure was pretty much a no-brainer.

Cardiologist worked inside my heart in the morning and I ate dinner at home that same evening...pretty amazing. The problem nerve was on the right side. Had it been on the left, likely would have required an overnight stay. Its been ten months now and no further episodes. So far, so good. Have two bowhunting trips to Alaska planned for 2022. There was a time last year, I thought such trips would never be possible again.

Best of luck for a smooth and successful procedure on the 20th!

From: Slate
16-Aug-21
Good luck

16-Aug-21
Pav, mine seems to be on the left side, left bundle. How long was your recovery/missed time before you felt back to normal after the ablation?

I am also on metaprolol, but that med has not been too kind. It has affected my balance as well as made me dizzy for about 10 seconds every time I stand up. Also has made me extremely fatigued...so much that I am sleeping 12-15 hours a day, plus made my hands have swelled some. I will be glad when it is over and i can get off the metaprolol.

From: DanaC
16-Aug-21
Good luck!

From: Dale06
16-Aug-21
Good luck with the surgery. My hunting buddy had the same thing and the surgery you described, about two years ago. He is much better now. I’m not sure if his issue is 100% gone, but if not, it’s much less severe and frequent. He is very happy with the outcome.

From: Shug
16-Aug-21
Good luck

From: pav
16-Aug-21
Eric, they took me off the metoprolol a couple days prior to the procedure. Wanted it out of my system prior because they had to induce the SVT in order to locate the problem nerve. I believe they intended to use blood thinners if they needed to go up the left side...which would have added the overnight stay for observation.

That said, I felt great when I woke up. Heart was in rhythm and no metoprolol in my system. I worked the next day (desk job). Received the same instructions as you...no flying for a month, no strenuous activity for 3-4 weeks (they specifically mentioned no heavy lifting ). Told me to wait a week to shoot my bow...and I was back in a treestand with doctor's approval eleven days after the procedure.

16-Aug-21
Thanks pav! Hope my recovery is as quick as yours!

From: goelk
16-Aug-21
good luck i hope for speedy recovery and success

From: Mark S
16-Aug-21
Elmer - I know quite a few folks that have had this and the surgery cured it. You may have a few weeks where you will need to take it easy though

16-Aug-21
Eric, my uncle had the same procedure and he is now fine, no further issues! I wish the same for you! He to was back in the tree stand about 3 weeks after surgery when the season opened. Shot a big 8…. “No heavy lifting” … guess who was on drag duty!

Best of luck Eric!

From: Meat Grinder
16-Aug-21
Elmer--I had heart valve surgery back in 2017. After surgery my heart rate was 125-130 beats a minute, so they put me on Metoprolol. The Metoprolol didn't bring down my rate. and 7 weeks after surgery I had an ablation. The Doc said part of my heart was beating 200 times a minute.

He only found one spot on the right side of my heart and zapped it. The procedure was done outpatient, and I could tell a big difference before I left the hospital. I had the ablation on May 8th but couldn't return to working out until the valve surgeon's original 3 month mark (June 18th).

On a side note. one of the unadvertised side effects of Metoprolol is thinning hair, so keep an eye out for that. Talk to your cardiologist about switching meds at the first sign of trouble.

Good Luck with your recovery, and feel free to PM me. Gregg J.

From: Inshart
16-Aug-21
Prayers for a quick and "ever-lasting" recovery.

16-Aug-21
Elmer

Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery.

The woods and mountains await.

From: Jaquomo
16-Aug-21
Good luck, Elmer. I can relate. Been diagnosed with a potentially serious pulmonary issue but have been cleared to hunt elk this fall. Best wishes for your recovery!

From: 'Ike'
16-Aug-21
Sister had this done, she was back running marathons in no time...Well worth it for her! Good luck, you'll be fine!

18-Aug-21
Had my pre operation covid test this morning. Now in quarantine till the operation. Have to be there at 6 AM this Friday. Nervous, but soooooo ready for this to be over!!

From: Buffalo1
18-Aug-21
Hoping the procedure corrects your problem and can be back to normal soon.

Will a medical procedure letter from your cardiologist allow you to have tags next year?

From: 2Wild Bill
18-Aug-21
"That is worth more than not being able to hunt this year!"

Absolutely, the right priority.

I'll pray for your surgery/recovery, body and soul.

18-Aug-21
Buffalo1. The area I hunt is general season, no permit required so I definitely can hunt next year. I will talk to.the cardiologist and ask I maybe I can go hunt the last week of this season....September13-20, but I think I know what his answer will be. That time frame is just 3 weeks post surgery. And, I don't want to mess things up for the future!

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