I have been told that I have AF with atrial tachycardia. Consultant thinks I have had this for over 20 years that it was missed/misdiagnosed. I have atrial dilatation and fibrosis. I am not on an anticoagulant although told I may need to be prescribed this in the future. I am unclear why the delay (although I think I am low risk of a stroke) but everything I read appears to recommend anti coagulation with AF).
I have AF and ventricular bradycardia (infrahisian disease - unclear if this means heart block)? I can't have pacing in the atria, I believe because of damage to atria. I had a cardioversion which put me into a worse arrhythmia and I've been told if I have an ablation I will have to have a ventricular pacemaker inserted first. Don't think they expect ablation to be successful because of physiological changes to the atria. I don't know if this also means risk of developing heart failure secondary to untreated AF or even if this is a problem associated with AF?
At the moment I am struggling because I have no idea what symptoms to accept and just learn to live with? I am still active, but nothing like I used to be and this is difficult to accept. Not being able to get travel insurance is hard as they won't cover me for any treatment pending. Does anyone else have similar experiences to me and some positive suggestions?