i had the mini-maze in April and completed with an RF catheter ablation in early October.
I did not have an official review three months after the second procedure as the Cardiologist did not think it was necessary after my six week review; he was very happy with my progress. My next visit is in April, which will unfortunately include a TOE to check the Atriclip.
Overall, I am much improved on how I was two years ago, and am far better than I ever expected or even hoped for. I didn’t actually feel any better after the second one than before it, but the EP had severed re-connections on two of the pulmonary veins and dealt with Atrial Flutter so there must have been a further improvement.
The biggest bonus is no longer being on the drugs; no need to take Anticoagulants because of the Atriclip and no need for the bisoprolol as the AF is no longer present
I have tried alcohol; no effect from one or two units, but got a little carried away on New Year’s Eve and regretted it.
My current resting HR is around 90BPM, compared with 57BPM before I went into persistent AF. I am not sure how much of this is due to inflammation and how much is a drop in fitness level.
I am still struggling for fitness; I am not pushing too hard on the bike, but I am still slow and walking is more of an effort than it should be. I will continue light exercise and see in April what the views of the cardiologist are on my steadily increasing my efforts.