It's been a few months since I last posted, having suffered with this lousy PAF condition which frankly after 8 or so years just seems to ever so slowly destroy my life.
Whilst I’m not in favour of ablation for many varied reasons most of which my cardiologist agree with, a few months ago it was suggested a pacemaker might help, at last I thought there was some light at the end of the very long tunnel. Well just over a week a go I had a two-lead Pacemaker implanted at very short notice (48-hours) and whilst the procedure was I suppose fairly straight forward albeit not the most pleasant thing I've had to endure it was done in just over an hour. Since being discharged I had a great five days, steady pulse at around 54 until noon on Christmas day when something tripped the Crazy Switch and off we went, erratic pulse from 120-160 continuously. I called the Pacemaker clinic yesterday and they suggested I visit and have the Pacemaker interrogated. The result, I was admitted because of the high pulse rate, given 5mg Bisoprolol which had no effect and then give two lots of Digoxin which eventually reduced my pulse to around 100 although still not NSR. I was discharged last night with instructions to start taking Bisoprolol and Digoxin daily from now on.
The main two reasons for the consideration of Pacemaker were the frequent pauses I suffer particularly at night, the worst being 32 of around 3 seconds in one night and the longest lasting more than 6 seconds. That said, I did rather hope the Anti-arrhythmia Technology within the pacemaker would combat the erratic pulse that triggers the crazy switch, all in all I'm disappointed and more than a little down.
More drugs with all of the associated side effects, yet another one step forward and two steps back.
Sorry to moan but there’s really only fellow AF sufferers who can understand what this mongrel condition is like.