My Mum who is nearly 63 was diagnosed with PAF in April and she's been really struggling with it since. Possibly her biggest challenge is she suffers from severe anxiety - health anxiety really and is petrified she's going to die. She isn't on any blood thinners at all which concerns me but her CHADS score was 0....anyway, they put her on sotalol (apologies if these are misspelt) and they upped the dosage as the episodes were becoming more frequent - but they made her feel utterly dreadful. They then put her Bisoprolol 1.25mg but have put it up to 2.5mg now - she's been admitted to A&E three times in the last 3 weeks with a HR of around 140-160 bpm. She was admitted yesterday and it seems the Bisoprolol are making her feel dreadful too and very tired. Her HR was 150 and they kept an eye on her, but despite further meds it's not really come down and they kept her in last night. I understand the docs are seeing her again this morning and will be looking at the situation. I asked 'is she in danger' and there seemed to be a reluctant 'no'....now I'm very worried about her - is this likely to damage her heart a lot? What are her likely options? What else could they do? Her anxiety and worry isn't helping and is making it harder to treat it seems, fighting the meds she 's on almost.
Any support, personal experience etc. would be greatly appreciated by my fellow sufferers and kind members.