Having been in afib for two-and-a-half years (three cardioversions and second ablation due in March 2014 at Southampton Hospital) some friends pointed me to the BBC report this morning on a afib detector/data transmitter probe:
Perhaps I'm cynical after being in afib (constant) for so long (30 months), but I really wonder what my hospital team would do with any additional data, other than confirm what I already know? That is, that I'm in constant afib, most of the time.
Since my first ablation in particular - which reverted after a few weeks, I've been tired and 'down'. Indeed, even if Southampton did 'call me in' if my rhythm data looked dodgy, would I even be able to park there! I'm serious, because of a lot of news stories talk of the technology but it's clear that patient management and care is as much an issue in the NHS (i.e if I can't acutally get to the hospital, it doesn't matter how much 'data' the clinicians have, irrespective of what they might do with it.)
I was essentially asymptomatic when first diagnosed in October 2012 (apart from greying out a bit during vigorous gym exercise and also being quite clammy when exercising). Since my first ablation - and move to rhythm control meds and Warfarin - I've felt far worse than before I was in 'care'. I now have a resting heart rate of between 110-150, and generally feel tired and ill. And recenltly both depressed and anxious (partly no doubt because afifb has limited my ability to earn a living whilst my 'treatment' has dragged out over literally years.
The cardioversion process in particular seems to me a cynical and pointless exercise in managing waiting lists, with little evidence that it provides anythign other than temproary rellief at best? And the ablation appointments have taken so long to come through that my livelihood has suffered. So again, how would a device like this which provides more data for an overstretched health service actually genuinely improve the position of individuals with AF?