I have an appointment for my ablation at the end of February and although I'm a little anxious I have no problem at all with the procedure. However, a little bit of doubt has started to creep in. I've posted on here many a time and I don't want to bore people too much, so I will try to keep it short....
I was prescribed Amiodarone when first diagnosed with AF. I stuck to this for 18 months and changed to Flecainide, everything was good. Not long after my AF episodes became weekly, all be it not very symptomatic. The episodes could last for anything up to 3 days, but usually would be about a week apart. I started to lose weight and the episodes increased and not long after I was diagnosed with and Overactive Thyroid. My AF became more frequent and started to last longer. I couldn't take part in any of my hobbies, as they were quite active and to be honest I was quite down in the dumps.
I then saw my EP and in November we decided ablation was the route to go down. I did ask my EP if my thyroid condition could have worsened my AF, but he said even it did the Flecainide should control it, which it didn't appear to be doing .
Now! My thyroid appears to have recovered from the Amiodarone and I am back to the weight and fitness I was prior to the issues. I have had no AF for over two months and if I'm honest keep pushing the limits to see if I can trigger an episode, but as yet no episode. I have also cut back on my Flecainide from 100mg twice daily to cutting a tablet in half and taking approx 50mg twice a day. I've done this now for 3 weeks and still no AF. As I state at the beginning I have no issue with the Ablation procedure, but I'm aware once they start burning, I may only get several years AF free before another is required (Assuming it only takes one procedure). The niggle at the back of my mind is should I stick with the medication, as I have no side effects and no issue with taking it and hope I get a few more years before the AF progresses or do I go in for the ablation knowing this is not a permanent fix and I may be limited to the amount of time I can have the procedure.
Thanks for taking the time to read,