This is my first post. I was diagnosed with PAF in June. It came on in May out of the blue. I also developed high blood pressure wich my Gp who had been brilliant throughout days is linked to my heart problem. An echo show a mild to moderate mitral valve leak and a moderately enlarged left atrium. I have gone from being on no medication to loads a day am now on Bisoprolol 5mg, felodipine 10mg, irbesartan 150 mg twice a day , Butmetanide 1mg and Rivaroaxaban 20mg. Am struggling with the side effects especially swollen painfull ankles. I have episodes of AF most days and am currently off work as my Gp wont let me go i am a retail manager. After an urgent referral i finally saw an ECP on Tuesday who agrees i need an ablation however his waiting list is 6 months. To be honest he didnt really listen to the rffectd this horrid condition is having on my life. He said he was running a clinical trial using anti arrythmic drugs and that if i agreed to go on it and take different drugs monthly for 3 months he would do the ablation within a month of the trial finishing as a favour for taking part in the trial. I feel as tho i am being blackmailed into doing his trial and i wasnt aware drs did favours for patients i thought they were supposed to do their jobs. My Gp spoke to a cardiologist who told het that there is no evidence that rythmn control is better than rate control and thr side effects of rythmn control drugs can be much worse. Also i am assuming this clinical trial involves new drugs with possibly unknown side effects. My dilemma is do i just wait the six months i have doubts i would get a cancellation at any point as i refused to do his trial or risk doing the trial only for him to say that he wont do it anyway. I see an ablation as my chance to get my life back and get off some or all of the medication.