I would like to ask for advice. I have suffered with Paroxysmal Atrial Fibriallation for 19 years. In the past couple of years it has become more frequent and disruptive, despite the usual rhythm drugs and 5 ablation procedures. My episodes always mean a trip to A&E as the longer it goes on, the worse it becomes, in that if I attempt to move after about 4 hours, my pulse will shoot up to 250+.
My EP suggested a pace and ablate procedure. I have strongly resisted this for many years, but felt it was the only way forward now.
When I spoke with my EP, I told him I was very unsure. I know what it is like to have an AF attack, and to be often going to A&E. Can't breathe or move, but in between attacks, I feel completely fine. But what would it be like to have a pacemaker? He said 'Therein lies the question'. I asked what he meant and he said 'Well, some hearts don't like being paced'. After that, he said it was my decision. Just to add that a recent ECHO showed a severely dilated atria.
Well, I decided to go ahead and was booked for the procedure two weeks ago. The day before admission, the hospital phoned to cancel until January. I can't tell you how relieved I felt. But of course, it is only delayed.
Interestingly, since I agreed to the procedure, I have not had any AF episodes, not a thing for 51 days. Very strange, as I was having them every couple of weeks.
So I just want to put my thoughts to you, and ask if anyone can tell me of their experiences. Thank you