I would like some advice from anyone who has undergone an AV NODE ABLATION. I was diagnosed with AF over 10 years ago, during that time they tried for about 4 years to treat me with Warfarin, Amoderone and Bisoprolol which I found very difficult to tolerate. They then tried Flecainide which helped control the AF better, but again after having a heart rate of about 55 for 2 years the AF returned with vengeance I underwent an ablation which seemed to have been successful until they stopped the meds which within a week of stopping my AF returned. I was put back on Flecainide which helped me, I was having only occasional episodes of AF until my symptoms became severe again with heart rates way above 100, therefore I underwent my 2nd ablation which again gave me relief for the next couple of years. I was still taking Flecainide but again the AF reared its ugly head so I underwent my 3rd ablation for AF and an atrial flutter. My surgeon stopped the procedure part way through after treating the flutter but was having difficulty getting through into the heart chamber to complete the AF treatment. Therfore the ablation was terminated. Following this I was again still taking Flecainide but the AF continued to get worse for the following months. It was then decided I should be fitted with a pacemaker. After having the operation and pace maker fitted I continued to take Flecainide and was put back on Bisoprolol which again I could not cope with. I was very breathless and struggled to even walk about, so my medication was changed again and I was taken off the Bisoporolol and was prescribed Verapamil which made me feel a lot better. My heart rate was 70 all the time for about 3 months which is the rate my pacemaker is set to kick in at but again this has become ineffective. My heart rate is about 110 and all over the place my surgeon has told me I can have a different pacemaker fitted which will keep my heart rate constant, although this doesn't cure the AF I will not require the meds. Has anyone had this done? and how are you after the procedure? I know there is no going back after this operation so any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for any feedback.
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