My husband had a Cardioversion on 28h November which brought him back into sinus rhythm. It lasted all of 12 days.
After that he was back to a heart rate of 130. So, basically he's been in AF since October with a break of less than a fortnight, with a heart rate of 130/140.
We had an emergency appointment with his cardiologist this morning who prescribed Amionadone, because he said his heart rate had to come down because it was damaging his heart. He will be given another Cardioversion in February. He talked about ablation in a very negative way, saying they only really work in younger people who have a slower heart rate when in AF (he's just turned 60). He didn't recommend it.
His attitude was that nothing much was going to help. He mentioned having a pacemaker, but shrugged his shoulders as he said it as if that probably wouldn't work either.
We said that the 10mg of Bisoprolol was making him dopey and unable even to drive - and he's a driving instructor - I'm having to do all the driving at the moment - but he said it was the best drug and even if it didn't reduce his heart rate would stop him going into cardiac arrest. Really, is that true??? He wouldn't change it.
He also wasn't even sure whether Amiodarone would do anything.
We appreciate being told it like it is, but some of what he said contradicts what I've read on this site. It's been depressing, to say the least.
Sorry it's me writing but husband can't cope with medical stuff. I would just like some opinions on this. Thanks guys.