I knew this time would come but I thought I would have had another 5-7 months before having to face an ablation..but I now have a date.
I still question whether it's the way to go. I feel you don't really get the time with doctors to talk through all options etc so they really look at your individual case.
I had an episode of af when I was 25 that was reverted with flecanide. No medication until got persistent af last year (20 years later). Cardioversion got SR back and been ok since (4-5 months) but on medication. Changed lifestyle (No alcohol, less stress, reduced strenuous exercise).
Feel tried, headaches, and get little sleep which can perhaps be blamed on medication but apart from that function ok.
I do wonder could I go off medication and last another 20 years like I did before the next run of persistent af. I mean they didn't bother with long term medication after my first episode at 25.
If yes then why do I need an ablation? If i have an ablation what are the chances I can come of the medication? If i cant then whats the point?
I understand the medication may be preventing it from going into af again..and it's prob more likely af will get worse..so that's where the ablation comes in (but maybe not without triggers, e.g. alcohol).
When I hear other stories of getting at runs lasting 12 hours or multiple times a week or month...I think now there is a candidate for an ablation. Perhaps not me.
No Crystal ball so its so hard to know what to do. Arghhh!