This is the first time I have ever posted to the site. I have been reading your posts for a while. I was diagnosed with very infrequent afib in Jan of 2016. Your site has been a wonderful resource for me because I was so scared when I got the diagnosis. I was seeing a cardiologist at the time because I felt so tired and weak at times and I felt kind of strange like my heart was not in sync. I wore a monitor for 21 days and he said it was very infrequent and lasted just a few minutes. I did not have HBP or any other problems so he told me to continue to take an aspirin a day. of course over the next several months it got worse lasting 10 - 30 minutes. That's when I discovered you guys. I started reading and educating my self. I have a stressful job and I could tell the stress along with alcohol were the triggers. I was setting in a hospital waiting room waiting for a family member when I notice a newsletter about a Dr. called an electrophysiologist. I decided that I should go see one and did. That was in September of 2016. I wore an monitor again for 14 days and it showed I had afib 7% of the time. I was surprised because I only remember one episode the others I didn't feel. He also started me on a low dose of flecainide 50 mgx2. This worked really well except that I was so very tired to begin with. Then at Christmas time, again due to stress, I had 4 different episodes of afib lasting a couple of hours. My heart doesn't pound or flop it just feels like it is pumping harder. It is hard to explain and I get weak.
he increased my med to 100mg x2 and so far that has been doing good at keeping AF at bay. He also has suggested I have the ablation. I was scared about doing the ablation, but your experiences on the blog have helped me so much. He told me that the sooner I did it the better my chances are. I agreed to do the ablation and have started losing weight and eating better. I stopped drinking alcohol several months ago. He said that I might be able to come off the medicine. That is the main reason I agreed to the ablation.
Here is my concern and maybe you can help me. My ablation is scheduled for 2/28. I had my heart CT scan last week and blood work. The scan showed I have an enlarged left Atrium and atypical pulmonary venous anatomy. the report doesn't say how enlarged so I really have no sense of what to compare this to. I have sent an email to my provider but have not heard anything yet. I am not sure if I can still have the ablation or if this reduces my chance for a positive outcome. I was just wondering if anyone else has had this situation?
Thank you for listening to me. You guys have helped me through some anxious times. By the way I am in the US and enjoy your language. just for the record I DID NOT vote for Trump. He doesn't represent most of us and we are embarrassed beyond belief.