Today is two years since the completion of my hybrid ablation with left atrial appendage occlusion. Since then, I appear to be back to full health. I use the Kardia most days, usually in the evening while relaxed to get a resting heart rate. There have been very few arrythmias diagnosed and most have been runs of ectopics rather than actual AF. I have been symptom-free all this time and am no longer on any medication.
My resting pulse is down in the low 60s, and my blood pressure is around 125/75. Although the systolic is slightly above the recommended level, this recommendation is relatively controversial; treatment for hypertension is considered successful if BP is reduced below 130. I am quite happy with this, and would certainly refuse statins, if offered.
I have pretty much resumed my normal life; I am working normally and fully back to cycling (but not racing). Alcohol and caffeine have been almost excised from my life, comparatively, but not entirely. I am on less than 14 units per week alcohol and a maximum of one coffee per day. Things are good.
I am extremely happy with the hybrid procedure; which appears to be the current gold standard of treatment. The only concern was the effectiveness of the Atriclip in stroke prevention. A reassuring report into its effectiveness was published last year. 87% reduction in strokes based on 166 patients with a much higher CHADS score than me.
Under normal circumstances, I would have been signed off by my cardiologist and back in the care of my GP, but as I was part of the CEASE-AF trial, I will remain under the care of Sheffield for another year. I am looking forward to my next appointment coming through the door.