Awoke yesterday just before 1am in fast AF ( 140 - 170 ) , decided to try & relax & see how long I could last out, regularly checking rate. Got up at 6am, rate unchanged, fed cats etc. At 6.45 am told my husband he could go on to work as we had been through this so many times before & i could manage. Phoned NHS direct at 7.30 am , really just for permission to go to AE ( why do i always feel so guilty ??! ) Details taken & advised to go to AE straight away & to instruct taxi driver to pull into roadside immediately if any problems & phone 999 !!
Processed quickly at AE , taken to Resus & wired up as per norm. Given Bisoprolol which made no difference -- I could have told them but went with the flow. Eventually taken to AMU to await slot in theatre for cardioversion due to my history of persistent AF & drug refractoriness. Meanwhile put on potassium drip. 2pm anaesthetist paid a visit , bemused as they always are by my cardioversion record, took details & soon after the porter arrived. I then announced to all & sundry that I thought I had just gone back into NSR! But they still decided to take me up to theatre to have me checked out there as all the wheels were in motion. It was confirmed after a ' 12 - lead ' that I was indeed back in sinus.
So, i live to fight another day with a tally of 13 intact. Actually when I was getting dressed to go home some 3hrs later I briefly slipped back into AF & I thought OMG I don't believe this but fortunately only lasted a couple of minutes.
I have had my Disopyramide dose increased & see my EP in 5 weeks