Hi - A question or two and a bit of a moan - sorry! I have had Paroxysmal AF for 20 years. I had a pacemaker fitted in 2005 following a reaction after amiodorone which paces me at 60. Then 5 years AF clear then episodes started again.
I've had 3 ablations in past 5 years and my EP says there's nothing left to ablate and is just offering AV node ablation. I'm resisting this as everything I've read (maybe not looking in the right place), says there's no guarantee it will help me with my 3 wishes - 1 - to avoid a high rate when I'm in AF: 2 - to get off or reduce the meds (currently on 10m bisop plus apixaban daily) and 3 - not to be so symptomatic when I have an episode. Episodes are getting closer together - 3 last year and this week I've had 3 episodes, 2 requiring emergency department and an overnight. I seem to be getting resistant to the drugs. Never had cardioversion but tempted to start trying that as the drugs are really playing havoc with my life.
So, any advice/info on AV node ablation? Also was thinking about Dr Wolf's Maze but it appears this is only in US and the Cox Mini Maze isn't offered at my (Scottish) hospital. also, I'm not sure if I could have a maze if 'there's nothing left to ablate'.!
I try and stay cheery, like many of you on here, but it's starting to get me in my head space now whereas before I could cope.
Thanks for reading/listening.