I am 77 live alone and have been in permanent af since at least 2008 when I had a single cardioversion that lasted about six days. I had a single bypass and tissue aortic valve replacement a year ago. The operation was very successful but I remain in permanent af as previously. I was a long distance touring cyclist and still cycle up to 20 miles a day periodically. I do not drink, have never smoked and avoid caffeine and sugar. The anaesthetic left me with problems which I am shaking off with the aid of a therapist. I am on warfarin and have steady INR results. I have decided to control my blood pressure by diet, yoga, meditation and exercise so take no other medication. This seems to work but the bp varies quite a lot.
My exercise routine consists of doing all my local shopping by bike, dancing and supervised rehab exercises. I travel widely and will visit my daughter in Vancouver for a month soon. I have never considered ablation as I now have doubts about its success rate and the effects of more anaesthetic.
Since I now have a reasonable perspective of my situation over time I wonder if there are any of you who can parallel with mine and would like to comment.