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I am suffering from AF since 20 month. The first time it appeared was in holidays, I was swimming for 30 minutes in chilly water, suffered probably a bit of hypothermia, had some coffee, a hot shower, some alcohol the days before, I was laying in bed and then my heart started to beat wildly and fast, and I was very scared. At that time I didn't know of the existence of chronical AF, so I continued drinking loads of coffee and working under a lot of pressure, and the symptoms appeared more frequently. After a year or so I went to the GP, then a specialist in the Royal Free Hospital, and ended up in the Heart Hospital, waiting for my ablation in a couple of days from now on.
I was very scared of the operation until a few day ago, when I came to this website, and read some post of others having undergone ablation. I am looking very much forward to do the procedure, as it is such a small amount of suffering compared to what I am suffering now.
AF is rising not only rising the risk of Stroke, but the Atrium enlarges with time, so it is damaging the heart slowly, but I heard this process can revert when it is caused by AF. Anyway it is really best to do the ablation as soon as possible. My symptoms start when I am tired and try to relax, lay down or sleep. And I can stop it by taking beta blockers and exercising: Just a few minutes of cycling will be enough to go to sinus again, and I will always try to stop it to avoid further enlargement of the atrium. Last night I went to bed at midnight, Af started, I got up cycling, it stopped immediately, I went to bed again, woke up at 3:30am with AF, went cycling to stop it. So I really prefer ablation to that kind of torture.
I would like to help people to take their fear from this operation and share my experience with them, that' why I am writing this. I want to keep others informed ablout ablation.
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