I have been in permanent AF since June 2017. Ablation didn't work nor did drug therapies. My AF even broke through Amiodarone. It was agreed that Pace and Ablate strategy would give me the best chance of a normal life. Initially I went in 15 August (2017) but they were unable to the device in. I was called back in on 22 August (2017) for round 2. (A seven day turnaround is I think quite impressive and a testament to our NHS.)
I'm am now pleased to say that the CRT-d is now implanted and is functioning. My shoulder (now opened up twice) looks like something off a butchers block and hurts like the devil but at least it is in.
In my case the pacemaker function was turned on but I was warned that it's impact may be minimal as the AF is causing my heart to beat too fast for the pacemaker to do it's job. They will leave the Pacemaker in place and turned on until I have the 'ablate' part of the procedure. Once the AV Node is 'fried' the pacemaker will kick in and I should start to feel the benefits.
Having said that I do feel better able to breath and I have noticed that my resting heart rate has dropped from 110 to 70. So maybe it is having a small effect.
So looking forward to the future.