I had a successful radio frequency catheter ablation on the 9 July 2014 at Bart's Hospital. Dr Mark Earley was able to isolate 3 of my 4 pulmonary veins. There's a 1 in 4 chance that the one vein he could not isolate turns out to be a trouble maker. However I am optimistic that I will stay in sinus rhythm but I accept that I might need further ablations if I don't? I stopped taking Amiodarone 2 weeks post ablation with medical agreement. I was put on it by Professor Schilling in February to make me ready for the ablation. He had explained that my heart was like a rowdy classroom and that the anti arrhythmic drug would quiet the heart and help show where to ablate. Coming off the drug was both welcome and worrying. Welcome because it is a powerful drug which you don't want to be on long term and worrying because I was anxious that without it I would slip back into AF. The Amiodarone had converted me prior to the ablation. I had one wobble 2 days after coming off the drug otherwise I have stayed in sinus rhythm. I have been advised that it takes some two months for the drug to leave the body.
I have taken it easy since my ablation as all good advice is to allow 3 months for the heart to recover. I have kept off my bike and my fell shoes are gong mouldy! I am watching what I eat and keeping my weight down and doing Vinyasa flow yoga daily which is excellent for keeping in good condition. It also teaches good breathing technique. So far so good and I would recommend ablation over drug control and cardioversion every time altho I realise it's not for everyone. Make sure you do your research and you get a good electro physiologist. Do it as soon as you can as the earlier the better. The ablation procedure is straight forward and although it takes time to recover and for the bruising to the groin to settle down it was trouble free for me and is really nothing to get anxious about. In fact I got the bus home the next day. I am now looking forward to doing some cyclo cross and fell running in October but I have promised Professor Schilling not to redline it in the future!