The first part of my hybrid ablation took place on 7th April 2017. I have been largely free of AF since 11 days after this. I take a daily 30s reading from the Kardia and have experienced the occasional reading of AF, particularly in times of stress or illness, but this has never been accompanied by symptoms. I have regular ectopics, but only notice them during testing. There are more ventricular ectopics than I used to see, but I can’t feel them and the overall burden is gradually reducing so I am not worried by this.
I have had a few life issues recently, my partner came close to death and had to have an emergency hysterectomy; she is now back to normal. My company was expected to close, but now this is resolved and my job is safe. Unfortunately, this has not resolved the work-related aspects of stress as we now have to bring the organisation back to profitability while managing the demands of Covid, and there are fewer people working to cover a wider range of tasks.
My HR is pretty much back to normal; the resting HR is about two or three beats above what it was in 2015, but this is likely to be a relative lack of fitness. My Garmin is calculating a higher level of stress than it was just after Xmas, but not a dangerous amount.
A few days ago, I was a little nervous about posting this as I have had a few issues with my Garmin HR recorders recently. My chest strap was malfunctioning and my watch has a general tendency to record short spikes in HR during my walks. It has done this since I first used it, but I put it down to the inaccuracies of a wrist monitor. Here is a recent example.
Overall, the trace is twitchy, but at points a, b, and c my HR drops for no valid reason and then gradually returns, which does not make sense as these were not points where I sat down for a rest; it was a nonstop walk. Point d is the opposite, a sudden rise for no reason and then a gradual return.
This contrasts with a bike ride which has much smoother, more gradual transitions which are in logical places. Here is an example, taken with a new strap and sensor.
The rises and falls are based on effort put in due to riding around the peak district; a good example can be seen here at around an hour where my pulse dropped from 155 from climbing a shallow hill against the wind to less than 100 as I freewheeled down the long hill into Hathersage following a Sunday driver at less than 30 mph.
The chest based HR is obviously the correct one and my heart is not misbehaving.
My cycling is still slower than it was and hills hold much more difficulty for me, but I can manage 15mph (and still rising) around the peak district averaged over the year. The weather is now improving, and I will be heading back to the club for group rides in May.