thanks for all supportive comments at the weekend re my low inr - 1.9 - pre Monday's ablation. I took an extra 1mg on Saturday night and the reading was up to 2.4 on the morning. Hooray! I didn't realize that the ablation takes place in a lab in St Thomas' hospital, not really an operating theatre. I was five hours under with about 4 hours of a procedure and then back to the ward for close supervision via my own bleepy monitor. Staff busy but supportive. Nurse had told me that they zap the veins so that scar tissue forms to block the rogue electrics and this scar tissue can take while to build. Interesting. Yesterday morning I had a brief feedback from the registrar who asked if it was my first ab. (!!) and then ' was it in the family.' Answer to both was yes...... My question. When will I know if it works? Answer was as expected.. up to three months and then catch up with EP. IMPORTANT. What he also said is that sometimes the heart rebels and tries to revert back to its previous pattern... but they are all working hard, learning more all the time to prevent this happening and EP was currently happy with my results. (though I got the impression that mine was bit more complicated than expected) Got back yesterday with sore chest, sore throat and wonderful hematoma on top of my thigh!.
Today I am tired but feeling a lot better. Thanks again to all who responded to my cry for help at the weekend! Final comment - this is a wonderful technological approach to arrythmia problems (afib and aflutter in my case) Can highly recommend the attention and care you get. Will keep all updated on the progress. Happy days!