I have just agreed my future treatment. My AF is probably caused by years of endurance exercise. I had very brief periods of AF while exercising for a couple of years, but which went undiagnosed. My diagnosis came when I went into Persisitant AF in February 2016, since when I have only had a couple of brief periods in NSR.
I have been admitted onto a clinical trial at the Northern General in Sheffield. hra.nhs.uk/news/research-su...
The study compares the effectiveness of a mini-maze procedure and an atrial appendage clamp, with two catheter ablations.
I have drawn the hybrid mini-maze and ablation and this should start with the mini-maze in 6-8 weeks. with the catheter ablation 3 months later.
I am very pleased with this, except for the requirement to be on amiodarone for the three months between the procedures.