I live in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. I was first diagnosed with AF in 2013, had a cardioversion and then an ablation at the end of 2013 that kept me in NSR till spring of 2017, when episodes started again. I had a second ablation with a different EP and practice in Dec. 2017. 8 months later, I'm still having some episodes, but I think I have recently turned a corner after weaning myself off of Toprol, which I was taking to control my heart rate. I feel so much better after doing this! I'm convinced that it was making the episodes worse. I've read that this is not unusual in cases of Vagal AF.
I also work with a wonderful doctor of Integrative Medicine who is an acupuncturist. I've had weekly treatments for almost 2 years now and take herbal formulations that keep my whole system strong.
I would love to be able to heal my heart without having to have a 3rd ablation, but am taking it a step at a time. I'm doing my best to take the best of allopathic and Chinese medicine approaches to AF. A lot of that means trying to avoid overpowering medications as much as possible. So far, so good. My new EP listens to me and has been supportive of my integrative approach; some aren't at all.
My experience has been that it's really important to find docs who are highly skilled, but who also really listen and are open-minded.
It's nice to join you here. I'm wondering if most people here are from the UK, since that's where the site seems to be based.