I'm new to this forum and have found a lot of reassuring posts and comments on here - so thank you to everyone who's contributed!
My situation: I'm a 43-year male, non-smoker, not overweight, CHADSVASC=0, generally good health... recently diagnosed with paroxysmal AF and a 'more regular tachycardia'. This is symptomatic and has been kicking around for some years but not so extreme that I haven't been able to ignore it.
Since I decided to do something about it this it's all moved quite quickly (as I'm lucky enough to have private healthcare through work). After initial diagnosis I spent 4 weeks on flecainide and bisoprolol and although this seemed to calm things down the AF didn't stop entirely.
My consultant suggested that PVI would be the appropriate next step and I'm scheduled for the ablation at Cromwell Hospital mid-Jan.
My problem is that no matter how much I try to rationalise it I can't shake the worst case scenario. I know this is a 'minor procedure' (and my 72-year old mother recently had a catheter ablation for SVT, making it seem easy!) and that it's normal to be cautious but I have a 4-year old son who needs me and can't stop thinking what it might mean for him. The worry is by no means debilitating but it is on my mind *a lot*.
Any thoughts or advice on how I can cope with this and emotionally prepare for the procedure would be appreciated!