After many years of heavy drinking I developed AF about 12 years ago and am now on a daily dose of Metropolol 75mg am, 50mg pm and Eliquis 2.5 mg 1 tablet morning and evening and the only symptom I notice is breathlessness. Due to my heart rate dropping to 35 during the night my then Cardiologist put a pacemaker in prior to a hip replacement in 2012 . I am on the wrong side of 80, am not overweight, walk between 5000 and 8000 steps daily and have blood pressure varying between 120/80 and 110/60. I gave up smoking 25 years ago and have about 4 alcoholic drinks a week. As much as possible I restrict sugar and believe my GP when he says it is the new tobacco (in it's danger to health). Luckily for me I live a long way out of town so takeaway foods are not available. My current (for the last 3 years) highly rated Cardiologist hasn't said so, but I believe he thinks I should never have had a pacemaker put in. He only wants to see me yearly. Last meeting he noted several thousand measurements above my maximum allowed heart rate in the previous year, most for just a few minutes, but some up to an hour. When I asked him about ablation he said it wasn't always successful and I needed to have a very high heart rate pretty much permanently to warrant it. Is he correct in telling me that?
I'm certain many of you will say "what's he got to whinge about" and I understand that.- I'm not bragging, but in the last 5 or so years I have made every effort I can to make sure I am around as long as possible.
Lastly I note that Mindful Meditation (I took that up a few months ago) can drop my heart rate from 75-78 bpm down to around 60 although it only lasts for a few minutes. It is great f or calming me if I feel stressed.