Will try and make long story short: 21/2 yr of PAF, started with sotalol, cardiologist wouldnt hear my complaints so after 4 mo saw EP, who happily put me on flecainite/ metoprolol/ xarelto as needed. Only 4-5 episodes in 21/2 yr, no ER or hospitals needed, meds converted me at home.( plus life style healthier changes. I went 11 mo with no a fib until last march I had 12 hr episode( usually 3 hr) so the docs decided I needed daily meds, which Ive been taking. Other than mild fatigue, it's better than I expected, no more a fib.
Here is my ??
I really dont want to take daily meds if I dont need them, Im 65, so no issue with the xarelto, maybe even ok with metoprolol... but I dont get why I need antiarrhythmic? I asked EP if I can go back on PIP, his reply was " since you dont want ablation, you need to stay on them". I almost feel it is a bait and switch. Nothing has changed really and a lation was never the plan. My life style is ok but I am afraid I may need meds down the road
and they might not work.
Opinions please from all you a fib wise people. I know you arent medical people but you do have a lot of wisdom.
6/11/18: Update: I decided to send word to my cardiologist that EP said no to PIP but I really dont want to take daily antiarrhythmic unless I have to. I expected a big fat NO as he never liked PIP, but he said yes as long as my a fib doesnt get more than monthly. I get to stop flecainide- happy dance!!! So now Im super motivated to keep up my healthier eating ,exercise, etc. Praying my heart agrees with this plan like it did in the past💜💜💜