In Vancouver, Canada, my journey to see an electrophysiologist began at day 11 persistent (January 23) at my G.P. office who kept me under his care without referring me for a whole year. Today, May 14/'17, I am in day 122 persistent (almost 4 months under "hospital care" waiting time). Friday, I was told my appointment to the AF clinic only (not electrophysiologist) will be August 21 by which time I will be 7.1 months persistent.
Those 7 months under "hospital care" exclude electrophysiologist which I was told takes another month and then 6 months to ablation. Thus, the total journey from day 11 persistent to ablation becomes 14 months by which time I will be in long-standing persistent, if not permanent.
My understanding is the longer the wait in persistent AF, the greater the target areas beyond the pulmonary veins (the area when you are in paroxysmal AF) , the greater the areas to ablate, and the greater the chances of AF recurring right away, plus the greater the number of ablations required.
The degree of stress caused by this "triaged" waiting time knowing that my heart is purposely being allowed to deteriorate is quite unbearable for me. And, there is no recourse to go to a private clinic here.
Do I have this information correct about persistent and ablation , and have other had this experience when in persistent?
This Canadian waiting time in persistent is driving me insane.