I posted once before a few weeks back when I first had AF mentioned by my GP... I went for my 1st cardiologist appt a couple of weeks ago & he confirmed persistent AF (based on my 3 ECGs since Nov '13 all showing AF) and plans on cardioversion as soon as I'm stably anti coagulated. I had an echo and a 24hr ECG all showing no heart defects & just confirming the AF and so I'm now waiting on a cardiac MRI in Reading next week, and if that shows up nothing untoward then it'll be a cardioversion asap after that.
I started on the Warfarin last week and my first INR check was this morning - I got a 1.3 so still quite a way before I reach my goal of 2.5. (I was REALLY nervous about starting the Warfarin for some reason, it's just the idea of uncontrollably bleeding and not noticing..... highly unlikely I know, but it's funny how your mind plays tricks on you!)
Having started the year feeling pretty set back by the AF and quite down about it, I'm now feeling much more positive (having lived with the symptoms for possibly years anyway) and I'm so glad to be being treated quickly and well by my doctors, plus finding this forum and the help and support it offers - I'm actually quite looking forward to the cardioversion now, when it finally happens. I can't wait to see if it actually works (although I don't have my hopes up too highly, of course).
Best wishes and good health to you all