I eventually met my cardiologist last week and I confess I was impressed, she was a lovely woman but seemed to have little knowledge of me or the discussions I had had with her nurse before Christmas.
We discussed my medication and she said she thought a cardioversion would be the best thing for me. She briefly explained the procedure and attempted to make an appointment there and then. There seemed no room for manoeuvre for me, I felt as though this was something that had to be done. I asked what the success rate was and she said 62% of AF suffers go back into permanent sinus rhythm, however she didn't say for how long, but did say the procedure could be repeated. She prescribed Amiodarone and said she thought of it as the Domestos of the heart (encouraging)
Today I have received my appointment which is for 24 April. I am not sure that I am going to have this procedure. I have done a little research, not much but I will do more, and some people have woken up from this procedure only to pop straight back into AF again. I am a total whimp when it comes to hospitals etc. I am not willing to do this unless it works. I had to be sedated to go INTO hospital to have my gallbladder removed and they're talking about walking to the theatre, it'll be like the Green Mile for me, I won't be able to do it.
What I need to know from my fellow Afibbers is your advice and opinions. My heart is jumping now, so goodness knows what I'll be like nearer the day. I have been in permanent AF since August last year. I take a cocktail of tablets and the cardiologist admitted its a lottery trying to find what works, if anything. So is this an experiment too?
Any comments regarding success or not please let me know because I need to make an informed decision.