Today is 2/16/2011 and
I have been post ablation nowa year and 4 days, but who's counting.
I have been largelyAtrial
Fibrillation free since then with the occasional recurrence
of atrial flutter and some premature atrial or ventricular contractions, I don't know which.
When I say largely afib free I mean I have had at least one afib episode, lasting
about 24 hours to two days each time, on about a monthly basis. This is a great improvement from the full blown
permanent Afib I did have before my catheter ablation.
My cardiologist/electrophysiologist decided to try to fix these recurrent episodes
with the new amioderone offshoot drugMultaq. Multaq is reportedly less toxic to the organs
than it's cousin the gold standard afib drug amiodarone but it is supposedly less effective.
The idea was to try to use the less toxic Multaq to reduce or eliminate the afib
spells while my heart heals and hopefully remodels itself from being in afib almost continuously for who knows how
many years in my case.
Mania. The first couple of weeks on it I was sick feeling and tired
but this was a vast improvement over amiodarone which had made me so sick I had to stop taking it. Now I feel much
better and the afib spells have almost entirely stopped - still some flutter but even that seems to be
The jury is still out on Multaq and now the latest news is that it may cause some
liver problems in some people.
It is my goal to beafib
free and off all medication so only time will tell. The cure may
still be evading me but still not bad for a single ablation away frompermanent/persistant afib.