I had my 1st episode of afib 10 years ago whilst riding my horse, it felt like id been hit in the chest with a hammer and I naturally thought I was having a heart attack.was taken to resus and given drugs to put me back in sinus rhythm. then nothing for 4 years. gradually episodes of atrial flutter and afib occurred more frequently. I then had an ablation which didn't work, followed by another which worked a bit but gradually I began to have more frequent episodes until prior to my recent cryoballoon procedure, paf was occurring daily. lack of sleep(it wakes you up) depression, anxiety and generally lack of motivation and interest in life ( I think due to betablockers - which don't work and the condition itself) after the cryo procedure I felt tired but in sinus rhythm and some of the best nights sleep I had in years, I had one episode of af which resolved in a few hours and now after 5 weeks post op I am fine, I walk my dog daily, cycle 3 times a week and do a set 5 miles and if my knees were ok (that's another story)! I would hope to play tennis again, riding is not allowed as I'm on warfarin and I'm getting too old to ride racehorses anyway(I'm 62)I lead an active outdoor life - gardening and tending to my breeding stock(horses) I have no high cholesterol or other heart conditions and hope I can look forward to many years paf free. I hope this is encouraging to anyone who is considering treatment - get it done!