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Thread #81008   Message #1487918
Posted By: catspaw49
19-May-05 - 05:37 AM
Thread Name: BS: Katlaughing- Surgery Tomorrow and....
Subject: RE: BS: Katlaughing- Surgery Tomorrow and....
Well Folks, kat didn't make it home as expected. A slight setback, but one that is not all that rare either. Her heart went into A-Fib yesterday after a walk and I got a call from Night Owl that kat was worried (as was Jackie) although the Docs had been reassuring. For your benefit as well, let me explain that Atrial Fibrillation is a common side effect of open heart surgery. But when we hear the word "fibrillation" we all tend to go a little batnuts a a result of too much TV.

What happens is that instead of the atrium getting a single electrical impulse, it gets hundreds to the node and hence fibrillates. Although there are several types of A-Fib, the most common type is not especially life threatening and thousands of us live with it daily. This is not anything like Ventricular fibrillation problems like V-Tach (Ventricular Tachycardia) which are life threatening rhythms. In kat's case it is probably the result of the surgery , the hearts way of rebelling at being messed with so much. They will keep an eye on kat's situation and she may be on a med temporarily or perhaps longer to keep the A-Fib controlled. It will hold her release a bit but this is not a major setback by any means and when I talked with kat last evening, she pretty well understood and what was very encouraging was that her voice really sounded good and strong, very normal. (I won't tell you about the hilarious conversation we had earlier when she was super tired and falling asleep as we talked)LOL

Keepthe good thoughts coming and our girl will be home soon.