18 months ago I had a single DE stent placed in the LAD as a consequence of (entirely symptomatic) very irregular pulse after exercise and, when tested with a stress ECG, PAF when in recovery from the treadmill exercise. First cardiac consultant, who inserted the stent to alleviate the "75-90% blockage" of the LAD, advised me that "on the balance of probabilities" the stent would resolve the PAF; the subsequent NHS cardiac consultant rejected this advice and told me that once I have a diagnosis of PAF it's for life.
Since the stent (May 2014) I have monitored my pulse closely with Alive Corp device and Omron BP/irregular pulse device, and (crucially) in October 2014 I had a week long halter ECG monitor and no PAF of any kind was detected. I've been discharged from the care of the cardiologists with a CHADs score of 1 (to reflect my stable cardio vascular disease - aside from the bunged-up LAD, my other arteries were clear). I have not been prescribed blood thinners such as Warfarin and now, daily, take the following medication: 60 mg Statin (80 mg was too much for me), 75mg Clopidogrel (rather than Aspirin - I was given the choice of either/or one year post-stent) and 2mg of Candersartan. The latter was prescribed for the "prophylactic" benefits for the heart only as my BP is, was and has always been very good. My bloods re triglycerides, HDL, LDL and ratios are all now spot on. I am a 52 year old male.
My question is: which of the cardiac consultants should I believe? Given all of the above can I regard the PAF as having been resolved by the stent as the original cardiologist suggested was most likely or is the second one correct to say that even without symptoms or any objective measure of the presence of PAF I still "have" it?
This has been preying on my mind for sometime and I would be most grateful for any advice.
Thank you all very much indeed, in advance.