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Paroxysmal AF symptoms

Hi folks, I am just wondering if anyone is in the same boat as me and how they are treating their symptoms. I have had paroxysmal AF for the last 25 years, I am 53 now. The symptoms have started to become a daily issue but I only lose sinus rythum when I raise my pulse for any reason i.e walking up hill or lifting, its been this way for about 6 weeks.

Im currently waiting to have various tests at Liverpool hospital, I think/hope I will have to have an ablation as the meds seem to only work when im not active. I have Sinus rythum 99% of the time but can't exercise ect? Sound familiar anyone? Thanks Dave from Warrington Cheshire 👍

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I was in a similar situation. Taking sotalol pretty much stopped my afib within a few days. I had occasional breakthroughs. But manageable. My heart rate never went too high. The EP and cardiologist convinced me to go forward with an ablation with the idea I could eventually get off the sotalol and other meds. It's been 3 months since the ablation and I have not had any afib. Some palpitations for a while, but never any classic afib. Now I am waiting to see when I can begin dropping down the level of medicine.

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Hi Dave :-) I just wanted to say welcome back .

What medication are you taking , it sounds as though it can no longer contain the AF.

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Hiya.... I am taking 50mg of flecainide twice a day and 5mg of bisoprolol am and 2.5mg of bisoprolol pm... I have a monitor fitted early July for 4 days then a echocardiogram and stress test lined up as well... I'm not worried as I've been through this before although I am definitely hoping for an ablation this time as Im fed up of having the symptoms ruining my quality of life.... all good fun eh! Thanks for your reply 😁

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Hi Dave, you sound like a prime candidate for ablation, I hope you don’t have to wait too long.

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It will be months rather than weeks... as long as the symptoms don't get worse il be fine thank you.

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Don't let docs undersell ablation recovery. My EP told me I could go back to work right away and begin exercising within three days. I was pretty useless for a month afterward and the palpitations really freaked me out.

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AF Association have a fact sheet on Recovering From Ablation. Gives lots of useful information.

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I was in much the same situation as you nearly three years ago and saw ablation as the only way forward. Since having the ablation I have been AF free and and am on no drugs apart from Apixaban. I understand that Liverpool is a very good centre.

Peter

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QuoteBeta44...''I understand that Liverpool is a very good centre''.

One of our members posted a link to an article about 'Cardiologists their Peers rate' , one is Dr Todd at The Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital see below..

pressreader.com/uk/daily-ma...

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I had my ablation at LHCH. Dr Todd is my EP. I cannot fault anything. Dr Todd is a real gentleman.

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Richard Schilling who carried out my ablation is mentioned in the same article.

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Thanks Peter, nice to know there's some light at the end of the tunnel. 👍

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Hi, I have the same as you and am waiting for my second ablation in 2 weeks. The first one did not change my quailty of life one iota. That was one year ago. Like you, I suffer when I exercise (so am getting very unfit and I love to be fit and toned, not to extremes, but just generally), and when I lift things, I worry in the check out area now, having to be escorted out twice by First Aiders as I am beginning to feel faint, dizzy and breathless as I carry my shopping basket! I am on Bisoprolol, 2.5 twice a day and Rivaroxaban (Xarelto). I long to be off Bisoprolol. I think it exacerbates my chronic insomnia.

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Thanks for the reply, I hope you have better success 2nd time around. Fingers crossed for you 🤞

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