Hello to all. Firstly let me say how delighted I was to find this site and to find other sufferers of AF. I thought I was the only one!!! So to read your posts has been a real tonic.
I had my first bout of AF about 7 years ago. I have had high blood pressure since my 20's and was told that AF was a natural follow on. I had a few bouts lasting a few hours over the years but nothing worth worrying about.
However last week, the AF kicked in with a vengeance. Whilst my heart rate was only 120bpm, it was erratic to say the least. Sometimes the pulse just clattered away without an actual beat. It was scary. My doctor put me on Bisoprolol 2.5mgs (I was already on Candesartan and Adizem which I had been taking for the last 7 years.
As I sit here (after another GP visit and doubling of Bisoprolol to 5 mgs) my heart is still snapping, crackling and popping and apparently has slowed to 100 bpm!! I feel absolutely awful! My whole body is shaking in time to the heart rate, I'm sweating and feel generally unwell (and also scared to death)!!
My doctor seems to think that slowing the heartbeat as opposed to actually getting it back to normal rhythm, is the important issue. Is this so?
I'm still at the 'why me' stage. I'm healthy, don't smoke, drink in moderation and work full time and have the usual stresses in my life as other people, who don't get it. My father died of a stroke (in fact several) and so I know i am at a higher risk.
Does anyone know why it starts? Are there ways of preventing an attack? I note that most episodes come on whilst resting. Mine usually start in the early hours and strangely, when I wake up I want a really deep stretch and when I do, it seems the muscles around my heart 'pop' and off goes the AF!!
Sorry this has been a bit longwinded, but any advice (or comfort at the moment) would be greatly appreciated.