Hello Everyone. I do not post on here often but read regularly the daily postings. I want to say a big thank you to you all for being there as I have learnt so much from you all.
As Bob often says Knowledge is power and he is certainly right regarding AF. I recently had a trial ablation at the Royal Brompton Hospital headed by the wonderful Dr Sabine Ernst it was called the Ganglion Plexus ablation. I have to say that I have not felt as well for a long time in fact I feel wonderful . I am AF free with lots of energy and life to catch up on the difference in me is just amazing. I have started to cut back on my meds which means I will within the next six weeks be almost med free , although I have been told that I can stop if I wish my anticoagulant which is Apixaban. I have because of my age 68 decided to stay on this medication for the rest of my life as my safety net.
This new type of Ablation will be I think rolled out to be used by all Electro physiologist, Cardiologist within two years or less. I have been told by Dr Ernst at my six week check up recently that if by October next year I am still in sinus rhythm I can consider myself back to where I was before I was ever afflicted with the dreaded AF and in her words cured and, I know many have said there is no cure for AF but those were her very words to me.
There will be another trial headed by Dr Ernst which I believe is going to take place over a period of the next two years with 200 participants so as to make the comparisons between standard ablation and the Ganglion Plexus Ablation coupled with the standard ablation, so anyone interested contact the Royal Brompton, but the trial is only for those who have never had an ablation before. I could not have asked to be looked after any better than I was under Dr Sabine Ernst at the Royal Brompton and I consider myself very fortunate to now have Dr Ernst as my EP consultant.
Good luck everyone in your journey with AF I know what it is like to live with the monster but I think there is now light at the end of the tunnel for there are dedicated people out there devising continuously ways and means to try and eradicate the monster that affects so many lives. I have found my light at the end of the tunnel and it is all because of this wonderful forum that first showed me the way and gave me the courage to look further afield and fight. Thank You.
A Happy Christmas to all of you and a AF free 2017