I am new to the Forum (hello Forum) but not new to AF - I had my first attack over two years ago on the day of the Royal Wedding, which is a guaranteed way to make something memorable... I remember waking at 5am to realise I had no proper pulse and being mildly surprised that I was alive.
After some persuasion (I think he wanted to watch the ceremony) the Other Half carted me off to A&E, and PAF was diagnosed. My heart dropped back into rhythm about 5pm, while eating a chicken sandwich, so I am wondering if I have stumbled on a new cure.
In between then and now I tried to take advice, cut down on alcohol, gave up caffeine, and even lost a couple of stone despite my serious love for chocolate. I was also put on 1.5mg of bisoprolol a day. Two years on, I had put half a stone back on and, being honest, was having an extra glass or two of wine again. It doesn't take much to convince me I'm immortal, but the second bout of AF shook my belief severely.
Oddly, this time I was more afraid - I think because it hit home that it wasn't a one-off, and that I wasn't 'cured'. That I am going to have to take more care. That I'm not 16 any more, and I'm going to have to cut back on the chocolate. My heart rate goes up to around 170 during an attack, which is pretty scary - I was getting pains in my arm and the odd twinge in my chest and yes, I did worry that something was going to explode and the wheels were going to fall off the bus in a permanent sort of way.
The doc has put me on 5mg of bisoprolol now - I felt a bit light-headed at first, but am coping okay now. I've not been put on warfarin - I was assessed as low risk, though I see that many here advocate it anyway. Should I tell the doctor I disagree with them?
The AFA have sent some great advice which I have to look through and try to put into practice. I am wondering how everyone manages to live with AF though. How do you get past the fear that the next thing your heart will do is say 'haha, I quit!', and get on with life? I know I have to, but would really appreciate suggestions from everyone.