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Another DC Cardioversion

Well I had yet another DC Cardioversion yesterday - no. 13 in fact. This was my 3rd admission & DCCV since my 3rd ablation in April 2013. I now await my appt. with my EP on June 3 to discuss next option which is likely to be a further ablation in a different area.

To those of you who have queried whether or not to go to AE, call an ambulance etcI have to say that this time I had to call 999. I woke at 6am & went into fast AF which was varying between 220 - 248 bpm on my pulse oximeter ( kept on my bedside table - as you do ) I took 5mg Bisoprolol ( ditto ) albeit with v shakey hands. I couldn't wait for my usual 30 mins for the drug to kick in as I began to experience central , but not radiating, chest pain. This was not a dreadful pain . about 4/10, but enough to cause me concern as I have never had chest pain with AF.Anyway I dialled 999 at 6.15 am & the ambulance arrived within minutes -- they are very good here on the south east coast! I was blue lighted to AE& fast AF confirmed on ECG at 220 bpm

Rate eventually settled in AF & A/Flutter at 120+ bpm. Was put on IV Amiodarone which did nothing,& so had emergency DCCV Fri pm in the cath lab. Reverted to NSR with a lovely heart rate of 65 bpm with one zap - took 7 mins. Absolutely nothing to worry about if anyone is concerned about having a cardioversion. I should mention that I find my Coaguchek monitor invaluable for ensuring that I do not stray out of range which would put the kibosh on my many impromptu DCCV's!

I am now preparing to go on a weeks cruise to France/ Spain at the end of the week -- assuming my insurer has no objection & will see my EP shortly after my return.

Carpe diem, ' gather ye rosebuds while ye may ' & all that jazz!

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Well done for keeping your head and glad things sorted for now. Go get some sunshine and and good luck with the next step. keep us posted please.



Thanks Bob


Gosh that was a fast heart rate! Don't think I've ever been over 200, but even below it feels scary. Good news that your cardioversion was again successful and I hope you enjoy your cruise. Wishing you well.



Thank you Jean, very glad to hear that you are so improved and enjoying your walking again. Bet you thought the day would never come! Sandra


enjoy your holiday


I only hit 200 once and that was during a failed attempt to exercise the a f away. Enjoy your holiday.


Goodness, you certainly deserve a holiday after that! That was a fast heart rate! So glad the ambulance responded quickly...


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