Before I get underway I'd really like to hear from you, particularly if you've had a successful ablation.
It began for me in 2009 when visiting a Urologist he checked my pulse and advised I see a cardiologist. I was diagnosed with Atrial Flutter and was explained risked and the reason for some side effects.
I now need to take you back to 2007, not sure what time of year, but I recall waking up and catching my breath - it was quite frightening at the time but I had no idea what was going on. I carried on with life, the daily commute which was train or cycling, general exercise (I like being active) but I found myself falling asleep when I shouldn't and found myself unable to finish some runs or run at a good pace.
I went to my GP explained my tiredness and was put through lots of blood tests - al returned healthy.
So it was the Urologist who found the culprit in the end and only because he too had AF that he checks his patients.
I underwent a Cardioversion in November 2010 and felt fantastic after a particular run. It was short lived and found myself undergoing another Cardioversion in May 2011. That too failed and I decided on a Catheter Ablation which I had in February 2012.
Now, for those in the know, Atrial Flutter is corrected by ablating the right atrium, a procedure that lasts about an hour (I think) and you're in and out same day - I'll refer back to this shortly.
In May 2012 it was announced to me I was cured of Atrial Flutter - I felt great and relieved. Back to urology, I was due an operation middle 2013 and was found to be in Atrial Fibrillation - if I was honest with myself, I was suspicious.
The upshot is I am due another Catheter Ablation on 10th Feb 2014 and this procedure I am told takes about 4 hours and requires an overnight stay.
Please can you tell me your experiences. I am hopeful of success but I have been told 40% will have to have a repeat.
My medication currently includes warfarin and amiodarone.