Today I had the follow up meeting with my E.P.
You may remember that he had to stop the procedure as he felt he had pierced the aorta and today we were meeting to discuss the way forward. My husband and son are very relieved to hear that he is not offering a repeat ablation . He wants me to stay on my current dose of flecanide (300mg a day ) which is currently keeping the A.F. well controlled. If it stops working, then it will be time to consider other options. However
he says he has patients who have been on flecanide successfully for decades!
He has scheduled me in for a stress exercise test and then one every 2 years to check that I havent developed any heart disease which would mean I would have to stop taking it.
I asked what other options there would be and he said he was hopeful that by that time there would be new drugs to try but failing that it would be time to go down the pacemaker route.
So, there it is. I guess I knew that was going to be the likely outcome but still I cant help feeling a bit deflated as I am back where I started. Still on the flecanide with all the bearable but irritating side effects.
He is leaving me on the apixaban .....watch out spinach and cranberries .
I will have a regular check on heart disease
I can forget the word ablation, no more sitting on ablation waiting lists, and move on with the rest of my life.
My husband and son are happy that they dont have to worry about me.
I am sad that this has affected them so badly especially as they have both had a couple of episodes of A.F. and my experiences may influence their future decisions. X