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Hi everyone, I'm a49 yo male living in South Australia.
I am interested ing hear about how long subsequent cardioversions have lasted for Afib patients.
I was admitted in early Dec.2014 (just over a year ago) with a tachycardia induced cardiomyopathy and was also in Afib. Tests estimated my EF at 25%!
I was cardioverted mid Jan. 2015 but jumped again a few days later. My cardiologist then put me on Amioderone and cardioverted me again in mid Feb2015.
After a month of being in rhythm and on meds my EF improved to 54%( and is currently58%).
Was taken off Amioderone mid year(because of the possible dangers of long term use) and put onto Sotolol.
I had been in sinus rhythm until yesterday morning, had no symptoms, but my blood pressure/heart rate device has also has an Afib alert function, which alerted me to the fact that I was in Afib again!
I presented at A&E at my local public hospital and was cardioverted back into sinus rhythm later the same morning. The first attempt was successful in getting me back into sinus rhythm(same as the other cardioversions)and I was home for lunch.
I know that there are many variables, but am now wondering how long can one expect/hope for from a cardioversion?
I'm think that 11 months is pretty good but am now a bit concerned that subsequent cardioversions won't last as long.
I keep racking my brain as to what may have caused me to back into Afib and have come up with numerous possible scenarios, but suspect the most likely one is that the protective effects of the Amioderone are finally wearing off (Amioderone has a half of of about 55days, so have now gone through 3or4 half lives and levels would now be very low).
I could happily with live with being cardioverted once or twice a year, as I'm reluctant to have an ablation at this point as I think ablation technology is an area that is still being refined (only about 60% of ablations are successful on the first attempt).
I believe that every year I can postpone having an ablation, the greater the likelihood that it is going to be effective on the first attempt (you can't 'unburn' heart muscle).
Apologies for the long post, but felt that I needed to give some background details and put it all in context.
Am really interested to know how long cardioversions have lasted for others out there?
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