I have been following recent posts on AV node ablation. I am interested because I am a worst case scenario person and I like to know what may be at the end of the road for me. As I am unable to have any more ablations this may be an ultimate option for me if the good old flecanide stops doing its job.
E.Ps always quote a very high success rate (98%) but rightly see it as a last resort as it is irreversible. However, it seems from very honest posts on here that that high success rate may be on the very optimistic side.
What is success?
It maybe depends on your expectations.
I suspect that my PVI ablation may be on hospital statistics as a success because I now dont have any breakthrough events on the same 300mg dose of flecanide that I was previously on and having breakthroughs. However, i do not in any way count this as success. Maybe I would if I had been able to reduce my dose.
So what would a successful AV node ablation have to look like for me? I know I would still feel the A.F. in my atrium. Fluttering away just like before. I would however hope that my pulse would be regular and under 100 bpm and therefore I wouldnt be breathless or dizzy or agitated . Also because the pacemaker would control the beats to the ventricles they would stay healthier for longer. That would be success for me but is that realistic or not?
There is probably no answer but because of the high success rate claim, I would be interested to know your thoughts. I hope this post makes sense! X