Hi , I’m. Writing this blog for some advice as I’ve been diagnosed with PAF in July 2017 and suffer with it approx 4-5 times a week. I’m 45 years old reasonably fit some days I can run 5 km or cycle 10 miles and other days I’m stuck on a settee sleeping or just generally tired. Not to mention bouts of being light headed
I do drink alcohol ( couple of pints on a Friday ) which I’m told can aggravate it but note that this is not usually my trigger
Going to bed and laying down specifically on my back normally sets it off where my heart beat can range btw 32 bpm and 168bpm
I’ve tried all sorts of meds and I’m currently taking bisoprolol Flecainide and apixaban twice a day but still suffering from bouts of AF sometimes lasting 45mins - 1 hour plus
Christmas Eve I had a episode reaching 140bpm. The nurse who has been assisting me has now referred me to a consultant and believes my next course of action would be cryoballoon ablation
Having read up on this, I’m asking anyone who has had this procedure what the recovery time is and what side effects the procedure gives you ??
I’m informed you are sedated and not ‘knocked out’ for the op??
Do you you get back to ‘normal life’(medication free)??
I would appreciate any help/ assistance/ tips or advice from anyone who has experienced the operation or can assist me in general making this a little easier than it’s been
The Woodman 🏴