Hi all. I was admitted to hospital on 17 April with palpitations and shortness of breath following a couple of episodes which had woken me through the night. To cut a long story short, I was put on a monitor which showed a period of AF through the night. The cardiologist spoke to me on the Friday morning and advised I had AF and that I'd be put on warfarin, bisoprolol and ramipril. I was in for a few more days until my INR reached 1.9 then discharged and signed off work for four weeks and told I'd see the cardiologist in clinic within the next month.
I'm a bit shell shocked and confused by it all to be honest. I had my 'anti-coag education' session in hospital where I was advised about diet etc and told I had to carry my anti-coag card at all times no matter what.
I've had my INR checked a couple of times since coming out of hospital and it's now fairly high at 3.9 but hopefully the lower doses of warfarin will bring it back down.
The thing is, depending on who you talk to, opinion seems to vary on whether AF is serious or not!!! Some of the nurses were very blase about it all and some were drumming it into me that I had a lifelong condition which I needed to take seriously. Same with the warfarin - I've been told by some I must carry my card, get an ID bracelet/necklace, pretty much have warfarin user tattooed on my forehead and others are really offhand about it!
Obviously I'll be asking the cardiologist questions when I see him in a few weeks but I'm trying to get my head round all of this and feel like I'm on a huge rollercoaster at the moment. One minute I'm all doom and gloom as I've got a heart condition, the next I'm thinking oh well it's only AF!!!
Sorry for the huge ramble - just hoping that someone comes by who can tell me it like it really is so I know what I'm facing in the years to come
Thanks all, looking forward to getting to know some of you and learning lots!!!!