My second ablation for persistent AF is due in early September. Been in AF 24/7 for 3 weeks now. Feeling a bit desperate. I have been offered a cardioversion to help me through, but they are reluctant to do it if I don't start on Amioderone. Frankly the side effects are frightening me. It took me a long time to get used to Flecainide which made me sick and dizzy at first. But in the end I did get used to it with gradual dose build up and it did stop the AF for a while, and does help with symptoms even now. The same with Bisoprolol which I can now tolerate..just.
On the other hand getting out of AF is supposed to stop the heart remodelling and improve the chances of the ablation succeeding.
I don't fancy my chances with Amioderone! 1 in 5 people seem to have a serious side effect of some sort according to the figures. Should I risk it? Or should I try insist on cardioversion without it? Or do nothing till September? It's just that I feel I always fall on the wrong side of the statistics. Not even feeling that optimistic about 2nd ablation to be honest.