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I am 52 this year and after having suffered palpitations for years was finally diagnosed with af after collapsing at work in October 2011.
I was given medication and discharged. Had more af episodes and realised that the medication was not working went to see a consultant privately to speed things up - had 24 hour ecg, stress test, heart scan and was told i was a perfect candidate for a catheter ablation procedure.
This went ahead in April 2012 and was really surprised at how quickly recovery was just a sore throat, slight tenderness to groin area and very slight chest pain this only lasted a couple of days then i just took things easy and rested.
I went 6 months with no episodes and the medication was stopped for 4 weeks when i suffered another bad episode and rushed to hospital - my af was back.
Saw the consultant who said I needed a 'top up' of my ablation. This was carried out in November 2012 and touch wood Ive been fine up to now. Seeing my consultant next week for an up date but hope to be off my warfarin and told everything is healing well.
Anyone wishing to ask questions please do so, would love to share my experiences with others.
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