I know this has been asked many times, but from my perspective it is a difficult decision. I am in persistent AF, had two failed cardioversions, BUT am generally asymptomatic and only 48.
I saw an EP today said he said it he would do the ablation if I wanted it, however there is only a 50% chance of success and that I may need more than one. He also said that as I was asymptomatic, I can be left in AF and monitored as my QoL is good. When I asked about the future he said the previous studies were outdated and that we are in a new era now with monitoring and medication.
There is also a 1-2% risk associated with the ablation as well (which is small)
So, my QoL is good, but I have persistent AF (when I was cardioverted I never noticed the difference). I don't like being in AF or taking the medications, but I can live with it.
The abalation may provide a fix to the AF, but then again it may not. And I may have to remain medicated as well.
As anyone got any words of wisdom or can provide a perspective?