Good day everyone.
On the 9th of August I underwent an open-heart surgery. Having had an intermediate, relatively asymptomatic AF for six or so years, lately I noticed more frequent occurrences. Thus I also faced an increasing chance of a stroke. While Flecinite helped to a small degree, two ablations appeared ineffective. An investigation of the condition led me to one conclusion. The course of action, most likely to control/ eliminate AF is the Cox Maze Procedure. Although aggressive, an open heart surgery (as opposed to less invasive techniques) seems to offer the surgeon the best opportunity to block rogue pulses playing havoc with the heart rhythm. The 90% chance of a success, the surgeon's estimate, was good enough for me. In that, my overall health, fitness, and specific factors related to my AF were all considered.
Since the surgery, I have not experienced a single episode of AF. Obviously, I hope, even anticipate my good luck to continue for many years to come. I.e. I hope to be rid off the demon for good. In a couple of weeks I resume jogging, thus put the heart to another test.
Those of you who kindly spoke with me, or emailed directly - MANY THANKS. Your input was important