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Cryoablation tomorrow

Hi all joined site a couple months ago. Wish I would have found it sooner. Can't tell you how much it has helped with info about everything related to AF. I'm 51 yr old male diagnosed with PAF last February. I've been on Metoprolol,Sotalol and am currently taking Multaq and Xarelto. All meds worked for a period of time but AF always got worse eventually. Now I'm getting bouts every other week lasting 4 - 6 days before going back into NSR for about the same time. Had been on the fence about getting ablation for quite a while. After reading posts and watching you tube videos about people's experiences with the procedure and the results I decided it was time to get done before ending up in permanent AF. Not to mention the prospect of getting off meds except for AC. Had a heart attack when I was 27 due to blood clot. Subsequently found out I have factor v leiden. Had been on aspirin until AF diagnosed then started AC. Like most people when first diagnosed I was very anxious, thinking I'm going to die and off to ER when it hit. Now able to ride it out and carry on for the most part knowing I'm anti-coagulated. Won't lie I'm still a little anxious about ablation even after all I've read but I trust my EP and we've always had a great relationship. Truly believe he's always had my best interest at heart. Just wanted to give as quick as possible background in case others out there like me. I'll let you know my experience with the procedure and the results soon. Thanks to everyone who contributes to this site it's been a godsend. Talk to you soon, Shaun.

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Hi Shaun and welcome. And good luck tomorrow. I just want to say don't be afraid to say/complain/ask about anything that you're concerned about. I've found, among the replies, someone always responds with what I need to hear. Family and friends are great and can be a good support but there is no reassurance as good as that which comes from someone in the same boat. Again, smooth sailing tomorrow. Take care. irina1975

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Thanks irina,appreciate the kind words. Hope all is well with you.

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Cryoablation was the best decision I ever made. Good luck with yours.

Peter

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Good luck and speedy recovery. Best wishes

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Like Peter, it was also, for me, the best decision I have ever made. Good luck to you tomorrow.

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Cryoblation was a good decision for me it has taken a year though to really get over it so don't think it's a quick fix you have to take care of yourself but I am 74 I am still on all meds because of other heart problems but still think it was well worth it so good luck to you try not to worry

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hi mazza, hope you are well. any particular reason why the recovery is taking long, i.e. approx a year?

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They aren't sure I was having lots of short episodes of AF but the have got less and less I still have the occasional one but they have always resolved without intervention but I feel much better it was my best option as I can't take the drugs as I also have cardiomyopathy and LQTS

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Good luck

Best thing I have done in a long while... No complications really for me thankfully (apart from visual migraines for three weeks) then AF free for 23 months so far and off meds

Top tip I took from posts on this brilliant site was...

"Don't rush back to full life too quickly!" Very very important !!

I was in at 7.30 am and home by 9.30 pm!

All the best

Sarah

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Good luck Shaun. Looking forward to hearing from you afterwards.

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Good luck,sure you will find it's a good move.

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Cryo changed my life massively. Good choice !!!

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Good luck and take it easy for a few weeks. Be kind to yourself.

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Thanks to all for the kind words,advice and encouragement,I really appreciate it. I'm heading to the hospital here in about an hour. I live in the U.S. in Seattle Wa. I'll talk to you soon, thanks again. Shaun

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good luck and wiah you well, shaun

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Good luck Shaun,wishing you all the best

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Good luck ShaunMB. I think a little anxiety is absolutely normal but I'm sure you'll be fine.

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