I saw the arrythmia nurse yesterday and queried the use of an ICD implant for AF. She said that my EP had decided on this because of the rapid heart rate that showed up on the echocardiogram. She said that the implant will not help with preventing AF episodes and I will still have to stay on anti arrythmia medications, so, basically, nothing changes! I could experience shocks from the device when I get an AF episode, depending how the device is programmed. I'm not happy about this at all and depending on my EP's answers on the day of the op, I may refuse to have it done. Even if I go ahead, he says I would also need an ablation as a follow-up. That being so, I would go for that. It may mean a 360 mile round trip to London to get it done quicker, as Bristol has a long waiting period. Has anyone here experienced this treatment pattern for AF?
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