I am part of a clinical trial to judge the outcomes of a mini maze procedure followed by a catheter ablation compared to two catheter ablations. I had been in persistent AF since Feb 2016, give or take a few weeks after cardioversion.
I had the mini maze on April 6th. Since then I have been predominantly in NSR. I had a few days of AF within the first couple of weeks and since then i have had just 24 hours of AF in May after a particularly stressful workday. A few weeks ago I had a run of what I think were PVCs (I caught them on the Kardia app and gave the print offs to the research nurse when i went in for an ECG; nothing on the ECG as it had all calmed down by then. I have not yet received any feedback on the printouts. This happened the day before a return to work from annual leave holiday, but at 8 a.m. on the first day back, I was scheduled for a wisdom tooth removal, so perhaps this was another stress issue.
My second ablation was originally scheduled for 17th August, but was postponed due to lack of an anaesthetist. it is now definitely on for this Thursday. I will let you know how it goes.