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There seems to be lots of people coming onto this site when they are ill. I was hoping for some more post treatment information on how successful it was.
I am now 41. I had my first bout of AF in 2002 on waking up one morning. It stated as 4 hours of tachycardia, but then became an irregular rhythm. It did not go away on its own and I was successfully DC cardioverted six months later. The tiredness and malaise was quite severe and I was partly off work and partly on light duties.
In 2006 I had a second bout, and it was nowhere near as severe as the first one, I again went on light duties. I was given Amiodorone for the first time and it definitely improved my symptoms, but I did not autoconvert. I was successfully DC cardioverted in a private hospital a few months later.
This March, I suspected I had AF again as my pulse was thready and irregular and went to A&E. They confirmed it was indeed AF again, and it is the mildest I have ever had it. Not so bad, an inconvenience I thought. Also I was lucky that I was able to get on a consultants list and get it done quickly.
Well I just had the DCCV again and it did not work. I did not ever consider that it would be unsuccessful and I will now be referred for Ablation. There is alo the possibility of another DCCV before then privately, but having one failed already, is it worth it.
It is also by no means certain that I will be considered suitable for ablation either. But will abaltion work for what looks like it may be a permanent condition? It looks like Imay have permanent and lone or idiopatic AF, as I do not have any real risk factors, as I excercise, I do not smoke or drink excessively. (I am slightly overweight by BMI standards, but the n nearly everybody is!) I have mild hypertension, which is well controlled, and is in the upper end of the safe range when checked regualarly, but I suspect there maybe spikes when I sleep.
So now I am losing weight as fast as I can in prep for another bout of DCCV and/or ablation, and avoiding any other risks.
This has affected my life quite seriously if not medically. I am in a job I don't care for, but it doesnt bother me , but in my spare time I am an Army Cadet Force Instructor, and it is near impossible to fulfill my role with this condition, especially if it is likely to become permanent or severe.
I find it very depressing and every morning now I wake up sad, thinking that ny life is all down hill from now on, and I don't think I can face it if this is permanent :cry:
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