My first brush with AF was in early 2010. In late 2010 I had a heart attack (NSTEMI). In the next 18 months I had several bouts of AF. It would revert to a normal rhythm in hours rather than days. Then I had dose of flu which heralded a more persistent version of AF. It took a cardioversion to get me back in rhythm after subsequent bouts of AF. I had an internal cardioversion in march but only stayed in rhythm for 5 weeks.
I'm convinced the reason so many cardioversions don't work is because of the long delay in seeing the cardiologist and then waiting many more months for the cardioversion. Once it took me eleven months.
Although I have been in AFIB for 6 months the big difference is my symptoms are hugely reduced in comparison to previous episodes.
At my last meeting with my cardiologist I said if my symptoms remained so low I was happy to stick to my medication and not have any more procedures. I am now wondering if spoke too soon. Am I putting my future health at risk by not trying to get back in rhythm?