Jeff from from California here. Confirmed for a Radiofrequency ablation on October 14. By way of background, I was diagnosed with AFIB during November 2015. I am a fit and healthy 60 year old with no other heart problems or significant medical issues. I had my first cryoablation in March 2016 following a course of treatment with meds. I Was considered an excellent candidate and my EP felt the procedure went very well. Experienced significant ectopic heart beats and coughing during 3 month blanking period which dissipated the following month. Went off meds after 3 months (except Pradaxa) to assess success of procedure and immediately went into AFIB which was captured while wearing an event monitor. Went back on meds (Flec, Metropolol) for three months and once again experienced AFIB like symptoms when I went off the meds again at 6 months. As a result my EP felt a second ablation (this time RF) was the best course of action to "touch up" and would further enhance my odds of success which he estimated at 80 percent Nevertheless, my expectations, while hopeful, are more moderated this time around given my negative experience with the first ablation. Three questions:
Can anyone explain the rationale for an RF ablation following a cryoablation?
Should I be prepared for another round of ugly side effects post ablation which may or not be different from the last time around?
If this works, is it possible that the ablation could hold my AFIB at bay for years, maybe till I hit 70 or older until I may need another procedure?