After suffering with paroxysmal AF for the last 7 years (since I was 24), and with my Flecanide becoming increasingly ineffective, I elected to have PV ablation (a big deal for me as I'm super scared of all things hospital related, especially needles!) which was carried out on Monday this week.
Firstly, the folks at Manchester Royal Infirmary were amazing. It was based on my trust of the EP that I decided to go for it, despite my anxiety.
I had the procedure done under general anaesthetic (they couldn't have held me still otherwise), and it took about 4 hours from going to sleep to waking up (a very peaceful experience I must say! I've never had surgery of any kind before).
I'm at home now (they let me go after just over 25 hours in hospital. Amazing really) and recovering reasonably well. I am continuing Flecanide and now also taking Apixaban for the next 3-4 months. So far I have had no instances of AF, only a few skipped or double beats every now and again. The side affects I've noticed so far are:
- Increased panic attacks (I'm an anxious person anyway). Does anyone suffer with the same related to AF?
- Increased heart rate (I'm about 15 bpm up on my normal resting heart rate). Not sure how long this will last?
- Migraine (with Aura before hand). I didn't expect this, but it has happened every day for the last 3 days at about the same time and lasting for 3-4 hours (I just have to lie quietly in a dark room, paracetamol and ibuprofen does little to take the edge off the intensity). I'm hoping this goes away soon, I've seen a couple of other posts on here saying similar.
So I'm feeling pretty optimistic (although keeping my expectations in check). I started to potter around the house a bit today, and I'm hoping to maybe go for a little walk on Sunday to watch the Tour de Yorkshire come past our house. I might even be back on my bike and out rock climbing again soon!