I am interested to hear from anyone with experience about having a pacemaker installed and then daily AFib medications - I think I will be given something called Flecainide. As my HR falls into the 30's and 40's I can't take anything daily, the pacemaker will address that.
Right now I have AFib attacks about every two or three days. I had an ablation five months ago, but so far hasn't made a difference in the frequency, just the duration. I am on the list for a second ablation, but the waiting list is a mile long. I can get a pacemaker more quickly I'm told.
My (fantasy?) goal is to be AFib free and medicine free one day. I take Eliquis daily and 12.5 mg Metoprolol when an attack starts.
What can I expect to be different? Will daily meds stop the frequency of AFib attacks? Right now I get them for all the silly reasons people write about - I ate an ice cube of all things and one started, gargling with salt water started one, walking up a steep hill, reading a book, it's a monster of an affliction.
I have already stopped as many things as I've read about here - alcohol, caffeine (no more tea, boo hoo), chocolate, sugar, sleeping on the left side, eating too much, eating, too fast, I'm not overweight, BP is low, no other medical issues, healthy heart. Can't do anything about my age.
I'm wondering if there is a chance for quality of life improvement with the recommendation of a pacemaker and daily meds. Thoughts?