I have had two Cardioversions both of which dropped me back into Afib within a day or so. My cardiologist a Professor at Guys Hospital whom I was referred to by my local hospital Cardiologist after the first cardioversion dropped out, offered me the option of an Ablation or a change of medicine and another cardioversion and seemed quite happy for me to go straight for an Ablation.
However, I chose the second Cardioversion which again dropped back within a day or so. When I went back to Guys for my next consultation at which I was going to ask for the Ablation to go ahead, I was asked if, after the Cardioversion (which, as I said didn't hold for long) I felt any difference or not. I replied that as I went home after the procedure and rested as I'd been instructed to do I really hadn't had time to feel different. I was then told that as the Cardioversion obviously hadn't made any difference to how I felt then there was no point in having an Ablation.
I said that when I had left home that morning I was full on ready to say let's go for the Ablation, I was then faced with a full list of all the negatives of having surgery, of having parts of my heart being burnt away only for it all to have a low percentage of success and especially so as I had felt no difference after the Cardioversion it really wouldn't be likely to help at all but if I wanted to go through all that and push for the Ablation then they would go ahead and do it for me!
Well, after that 180 degree change of attitude and despite my pointing out that I really had no time at all to know if I felt better after the Cardioversion I was at a loss to decide on taking the next step. So, I left Guys wondering why the big change of attitude and went home to ponder my situation!
Now, despite extensive research and through reaching out around the World to all my friends as to whether or not I should have felt NOTICEABLY better in the short time the Cardioversion held, I have been unable to find any articles or firsthand reports that said they noticed a big difference straight off the gurney! So, where do I go from here? It seems reckless to go for an Ablation and the risks of surgery against the advice of my Consultant/Specialist/Professor!
However, on the otherhand I'm sick of feeling crap all the time (I do have other issues that might be the cause of the restlessness/feeling crap or at least contributing to it) and I don't understand WHY there was a big change of attitude between my two visits to Guys and I really can't believe that I would have felt instantly improved straight after having the Cardioversion!
Any suggestions or comments welcome.