Ablation year after

Can anyone tell me about there condition a year after there ablation procedure? I've done research and seen there's no real information on people who have had this procedure done after 3-5 years. It kind of scared me because I'm looking for a long term cure. I'm only 25 I had my first ablation last Tuesday. I have a healthy heart normal atria no heart defects but somehow I have afib so I did the PVIA.

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  • I also found that antibiotics were causing young people with healthy hearts to develop afib. I have used antibiotics about 5-6 years ago.

  • Hi loui,I had my ablation 19 August 2013 so it,s just over 12 months ago,My symptoms complicate things as I was also diagnosed with a duerdenal ulcer and hiatus hernia as well as AF so you can imagine the gurgles and beats going on in my chest.It,s took the full 12 months for me to feel almost normal,I started walking a mile or so after a couple of months and built it up to 2.5 miles now which I try to walk or cycle at least 5 times a week.It is a long slow job and rushing things or trying to get fitter quicker does not work.You have to be possitive but to be honest I don,t think there is a cure at this moment in time,but you are only young just build up your fitness slowly and you never know the way medicine is going there could be a cure just around the corner.Also watch what you eat as certain foods can trigger AF the only thing is it,s usually the things you like eg.chocolate,, crisps,,etc and not brussil sprouts.

  • I don't think there is a permanent cure at the moment, but a successful ablation should give you plenty of time to lead a normal life. Being so young and otherwise fit you may buck the trend and go further than the 5 year cycle. Some people on here have surpassed 5 years and are still going strong. With the advances in medicine I wouldn't be surprised if there are more effective treatments over the next few years.

    I've read plenty of stories in the news regarding young athletes who have AF, but after an ablation they get back on with there career.

  • its not a cure im living proof. Had 2 Ablations one lasted 6 yrs and last one 1 year...sorry . And im still in AF

  • its not a cure im living proof. Had 2 Ablations one lasted 6 yrs and last one 1 year...sorry . And im still in AF

  • Since my third ablation exactly a year ago, I have had no AF at all! I have a pacemaker implant, and the first two ablations were unsuccessful. Just to reassure you that it can and does work - and I'm sure that future medical progress will improve things as well. You are very young to suffer from this, which is really bad luck, but you have an increased chance of getting through it because of your age (I am 71).

    Very best of luck


  • Thanks Carrie :) I believe I will come out on top.

  • My ablation 10 years ago was an immediate success and I stayed AF and drug free for 8 years. Now got another problem and it's being dealt with by drugs so far. I led a totally normal life after the ablation except for 6 months recently when the other problem developed and they didn't know what drug to use. Now back to normal again, cycling, working etc.


  • Hi koll thanks for the insight. My Dr told me because I am so young and in good health that if my afib reoccur after my ablation that it may be 30 or 40 years down the load which I'm willing to accept because I'm young I want to live my life to the fullest drink travel party and this has really put a damper on my social life. Ide rather deal with this when I'm old and I'm sure research in afib will be well advance in 30-40 years from now.

  • Travel and party great, but I'd watch the booze :-) . Reckon it brought mine on earlier than it would have happened otherwise.


  • It is true that there is little long term data available which is strange and in an odd way quite convenient.(Conspiracy theorists stop now---LOL) . I read some research a few years ago which suggested that there was a 50% chance of return of AF within 5 years after successful ablation. I am now 6+ years post third ablation and AF free but do still get some minor arrhythmias though not serious.

  • I had my first ablation at the age of 47 in 1999. I had 15 years af free (as far as i know) so in my book at least an ablation offered a long term solution. I think I was very lucky compared to some.

    In those 15 years I did not even think about having episodes of af and carried on with activities such as riding fast motorcycles around race tracks that I would not have considered if I was thinking "..will I have an attack of AF.."

    An ablation can give you your life back.

    However, others are correct in that it seems to be a condition that can return as relatively mild episodes did with me 18 months ago.

    i didn't hesitate to go down the ablation route again. At coming up to three months thins seem to be looking good but I guess time will tell.

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