I went back to see Dr Todd, the Consultant EP at Liverpool Broadgreen 9/5/14. Bob rates him highly and so do I. I told him that 4 different beta blockers had not controlled the AF. I said that I considered that I have a rhythm problem, not a rate problem. He said "I agree." I explained that I had recently had bouts of breathlessness and tiredness and wobbly legs with Bisoprolol he has changed the medication to 1x 200mg Diltiazem (a calcium-channel blocker) and 2x 50 mg Flecainide daily.
At this point I should explain that I am a 69yr old woman, 6' tall, with lowish blood pressure and a size 18 ie big but not fat. I have had AF for 5+ years and am very stable on warfarin.
Dr Todd wants to do an ablation and we have agreed on Aug 5th. He thinks there is a likely success of 70%. Because of my age? No, because of my weight. He wants me fully anaesthetised . Why? Because of my weight - he wants an anaesthetist to take care of me whilst he concentrates on the ablation.
He told me that Liverpool do more ablations than anywhere else in the UK and that the age cut off is 80.
As I left I said "Right, I'm going on a diet." He replied "That will help me to help you."
I forgot to mention that he examined my yellow book and said that I should not take warfarin the night before the ablation and to be below 3.
I am aware that some of the above answers some recent queries on the forum so I thought it worthwhile to go into detail. I have to say that whenever I go into a Cardiology Dept I am eternally grateful for the knowledge gained here. Thank you all.