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Cardio version and chances of staying in NSR

RunAFib0
RunAFib0
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Dear Sufferers

I hope this is appropriate to ask. I have been in symptomatic persistent AF for 3 months. I have severe left atrial enlargement. Having cardio version in two weeks. Does anybody have any experience of recovery chances of staying in NSR for my scenario?

Thanks

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Had my cardioversion may 2015 still in nsr so doing OK for me πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ touch wood

$64,000 question. There are three main reasons for doing a DCCV. To see if you can be returned to NSR. To see if you feel better in NSR. To see how long you stay in NSR. The results of these will help determine the treatment path(s).

The length of time people stay in NSR ranges from minutes to years. For the majority it's weeks or months or a few years. It's not usually a long term solution.

BobD
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in reply to PeterWh

I might add that it seems from reports here, that the longer you are in persistent AF the lower the chances of long term success.

RunAFib0
RunAFib0
in reply to PeterWh

Thanks, very helpful.

RunAFib0
RunAFib0
in reply to PeterWh

Cheers really informative

RunAFib0
RunAFib0
in reply to PeterWh

Really helpful

I was in a similar position to you. My initial external (paddle) cardioversion failed, but when they tried an internal catheter cardioversion it worked. But then I went back after a few months into persistent AF, and needed a repeat and was put on Amiodarone. This combination worked for around 8 years till I had to stop the Amiodarone due to side effects.

hope your cv works even if it's only for a few hours

lance

How did the ameidarone work for You? Was put on it last week

the amiodarone worked well. Initially the only side effect I had was increased skin sensitivity to sunlight and I needed to wear a hat on sunny days. But after a few years deposits appeared in my eye corneas and eventually I was advised to stop the amiodarone. The deposits are reversible and disappeared after several months. I was put on Donedarone instead but this didn't keep me in NSR. So I have opted to stay in permanent AF as I done find it affects my quality of life.

lance

Thanks for.the info good to know!

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