Hello everyone, I have only just registered on here and would like some opinions on what I was told this morning by my GP. By way of background, I was diagnosed with paroxysmal AF in 2008 (I had been having episodes for a year or more beforehand though) and am currently on Bisoprolol and Warfarin to treat it. Although my GP didn't think it was one, I may have had a mini stroke six years ago (it happened the day after an AF episode) and it was this incident which eventually led to my AF being diagnosed. At that time I had all the relevant tests and at the end of them I was basically told I was free to live a "normal" life as long as I kept on taking the tablets.
That's what I've tried to do since then - I've had between two and six episodes a year lasting anything between forty minutes and thirty one hours and because I seem to be lucky compared to other sufferers with the only symptom I get being the erratic heartbeat, my AF has not been as life changing as it has been for others.
However, I'm now thirty six hours into my latest episode and although, once again, I have no what I would call serious symptoms, I decided to see my GP as a matter of urgency this morning because it was hanging about so long. He confirmed my impression that my heart rate was in the 70/85 beats per minute range (the medication I'm on means it tends to be in the 50/60 area when I'm in sinus mode) and he told me that my heart was beating at what he called an acceptable rate, it was just that it wasn't a regular beat.
After consulting with a colleague, they agreed that a non urgent appointment be made with a cardiologist - I was told my AF was probably becoming persistent in nature, but that there was no need for anything else to be done now as long as I didn't develop more serious symptoms.
I'm happy to accept this because I don't really feel any different to how I normally do, but it did surprise me a little because I had formed the impression that it was a priority that people with persistent AF be restored to sinus mode as soon as they could if possible. Am I mistaken in that point of view? Is it normal practice for people with persistent AF not to be ablated if their heart rate is within acceptable limits and there are no other serious symptoms?