I'll be 69 this year and my AF was spotted during the course of a medical 10 years ago. Initially it was intermittent but about 7 years ago it became permanent and shock therapy failed to reverse it. Because I don't even realise I have AF my cardiologist felt it best to just medicate and I'm on a daily Xeralto tablet. Overall I enjoy very good health and if it wasn't for my annual ECG I wouldn't even know I had AF.
So now to my question! Bearing in mind that my heart is in permanent AF it surely has an impact on the condition of my heart relative to a non AF 69 year old. Is this the case and if so, to what degree is my life expectancy likely to be affected?