I will have a cryoablation for AF (not permanent) in a few months. My local hospital has just signed me up for a cardioversion. My concern is that if the cardioversion is successful then they cannot (rather than will not) carry out the ablation. I do not understand if they have to be able to see the AF to be able to treat it, during the cryoablation proceedure. I want to have the ablation after waiting so long, as a cardioversion is unlikely to be permanent. I am still only 50 but I have had AF for 30 years and have been taking Amiodarone, as a last resort, for the last 2 years after a heart attack and stroke. The Amiodarone is very effective but I have problems with my thyroid, eyes, skin etc and so have to give it up.
I need to know if its OK to have both procedures or if I should wait for the ablation date.