Atrial Fibrilation

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Had Atrial Flutter successfully treated 4 years ago by Cardiac Ablation. Similar symptoms have recently returned and after an Echocardiogram, am told I have "Heart Failure". I am awaiting a referral to the same hospital that did the ablation but from what I have read, ablation is not always successful, especially a second time. Has anyone had a similar experience, and what would be an alternative cure. I'm on Perindopril, Bisoprolol and Apixaban.

Would I need a Pacemaker? 

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    By the way, I'm a fit 73 year old male. Don't drink or smoke and enjoy walking when I'm not too tired.

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    Hello, I have the same problem, I had to have open heart surgery last year, I had to have a valve to replace, no problems in my arteries I thought after surgery I would be free of AF, but no such luck, I am on Verapamil with good results, but we know this could change anytime. Keeping my fingers crossed.......
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    Husband has heart failure, his was a virus that attacked his heart muscle, so a little different to yours I'm afraid.

    Walking, do some walking every day, even if it is only a shorter distance, being fit and healthy makes an amazing difference to your quality of life, husband walks about 4 km a day regularly, but it took him about 18 months to build up to that distance, and then when he broke his ankle had to start again and build up his distance all over again.

    Watch your diet, I assume you are not overweight, but if you are you are putting alot more stress on your heart, we have found a very good dietian, she has given us charts for our fridge door, showing us what we should be eating and how much, works for us.

    With Heart failure your ejection fraction has to be rather low, 35% to rate a pacemaker, both venticles were not beating as one, but beating a fraction of a second different, that also must have been putting immense stress on his heart muscle, although, and I don;t know where you are, we are in australia, husband had a pacemaker maker fitted when he reached that level, 18 months later his ejection fraction is back to 45%, that reading about 3 weeks ago, so recent.

    His heart also developed 100% branch bundle block, another reason why he became eligible for the pacemaker, but the branch bundle block and his heart failure must be related as I see it.

    Best wishes for you appt, and hpefully they can help you.

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