I had my first ablation in December 2013 and my second in September 2014. A couple of weeks after the second ablation I went into atrial flutter and had a cardioversion. Since then my medication has been increased and I am now on 200mg amiodarone and 10mg bisoprolol - more than I have been on before. I am still having episodes of AF up to 3 times a day.
Yesterday I had my 3 month check up and was told that they will do a 3rd ablation but that is likely to be my last as there isn't much point in doing any more. They are arranging for a 5 day heart monitor just to check that it is AF I am experiencing and not another type of tachycardia.
They say that I am too young (46) for a pacemaker as it would likely mean 4 battery changes and 4 lead changes in the future (based on woman living until their 80s).
"If this ablation doesn't work then I will just have to live with AF" - but I have previously been told that I cannot stay on amiodarone for the rest of my life as it is such a nasty drug and long term use can produce many awful side effect.
Feeling down and unhopeful.................................