Afib and heart failure

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Hello my husband has been in persistent afib for at least 6 months and his ejection fraction is at 20 percent. He has had two cardioversion that have been unsuccessful as well as an ablation. The surgeon set yesterday we will have to get an ICD due to low ejection fraction. His heart rate is controlled at 60 with meds. How long can a person live like this?  He feels good. 

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    How old is he and what med is keeping him at 60 bpm? Some like Amiodarone you don't want to be on for to long  due their long term side effects.

    Have they not mentioned an ablation?

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    ICD best thing that ever happened to husband, his Ejection Fraction was at 23% due to heart failure.

    Already had left branch bundle block, and then his right branch bundle decided to stop firing off as well 6 years later, his is a little different as his involved ventricles, lower part of heart electrical issue, rather than atrium.  heart beat rate at 30BPM, young Dr's in ER blamed his medication, stopped him taking it, his heartbeat dropped to 23BPM, at that time they called in the consultant, he immediately decided he needed a ICD, that afternoon installed. 

    Husband reported too many blankets in the surgery, no pain, and they took too long to do the surgery, and talked too much about where they were going on holiday, end result he felt he could breathe they moment they switched it on, and could walk himself to the toilet, he had soooo much energy.

    Side effect of failing electrical system, pain in his shoulder and weakness in left arm was gone, Dr's missed that symptom for 15 months, x-rays, cat scans, ultrasounds all came back clear of other issues suggested, it is in their cardiology books but only about 2 lines long, GP found the arm weakness and shoulder pain suggesting rotator cuff, actually being a heart issue, after the fact, was decent enough to apologize and suggest the specialist heart Dr from the hospital should have taken more notice of us reporting shoulder and arm issue,  and not reffered us back to GP for muscular issue, which they didn't,  and told us he would not miss that in another patient that appeared to have a rotator cuff issue, also he could pee, previously very slow passing wee, (like a horse, his words), (shrugs from Dr's) unexpected result it seems, as they thought the slow peeing was caused by enlarged prostrate. (confirmed with cat scans etc), he has to watch for that as well, his father died of prostrate cancer.

    ?Best wishes to your husband best thing that ever happened.

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    My husband has been living with afib for years. He had 3 cardioversions none of which worked. Apart from being slightly out of breath climbing up hills, he's had no problems. He leads an active life which includes skiing. He takes warfarin.

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