I was diagnosed with AF November last year. I have been on Amiodarone since and other than two relapses at the beginning I have been AF free for 5 weeks. I'm currently cutting down my meds and take 100MG every other day. I'm looking to stop taking this (As per the docs advice) in the next couple of weeks. I'm aware that Amiodarone stays in your system for quite a while, so I guess it will still be contributing to controlling my heart rate. I've pretty much gone back to leading my life as I did prior to finding out I had AF. I exercise just as much (This is how I found out I was in AF, as I suffered dizzy spells), I have always eaten healthy, but I did like the odd Chinese meal so now tend to stay away from MSG. I have stopped drinking coffee and have the odd cup of tea and I still manage a few beers now and again.
My worry is I suspect I will go back into AF at some point. Amiodarone controls my heart rate and whatever it is controlling will no doubt go back into its defective state once my body is rid of the drugs. I am pretty much asymptomatic when in AF other than a fast and irregular heart rate. I now wear a heart monitor when I train, so will be aware when I go back in.
I haven't had an ablation, which as far as I understand can (In some circumstances) cure people of AF, but has anybody been AF free for a period of time after stopping medication? I'm 41 years old and have always been very active. I guess over the years I have lived life to the full, so that maybe a contributory factor to my current condition, but other than that I have never been ill.