Monday will be 8 weeks since my ablation and I am feeling really great. The tiredness that hung on for about 5 weeks is gone now and if not for the few small scars I would not know that it even happened.
I had a few really mild AF attacks in the first few weeks after it was done. Those attacks were so mild that I could barely tell they were happening. My heart rate was only about 110 - 120 BPM instead of the normal 175 - 185 BPM, no pounding heart and my blood pressure stayed almost normal and when it was over (only about 1 hour long) I was not completely wasted like normal.
Now for the last 5 weeks I have not had an attack or if I did, I couldn't tell. My propafenone had stopped working so when I ran out 3 weeks ago I didn't call for a refill. I haven't taken it for 18 days now. I am still taking my warfarin but no heart meds. I feel like I have so much more energy now. I guess I had been taking the rhythm control drugs for so long that I had forgotten what it felt like before. Don't get me wrong though... I am thankful for the relief that they did provide from the AF but I am happy that I'm not taking them now.
I still have about 7 weeks before I go back to the EP and then we'll talk about what's next.
I have said it before but I will scream it again... The Ablation is the best choice I have made in dealing with AF. When the Dr first suggested it, I was scared to death and wanted to do anything to keep from it. And now after having it I laugh at being so afraid of it to begin with. I would have absolutely no reservations about doing it again if needed.
After 13 years of waiting for it to happen again, I think it is going to be hard to get used to not worrying or thinking about it. I scared myself a few days ago because I had my cell phone in my shirt pocket on vibrate and all of a sudden I felt a vibration on my chest. It took a second to figure out that it was a call and not my heart.
God Bless you all,