My son (43) has been to a and e a few times with a fib. The latest was a couple of days ago, after he had had palpitations for two days. From what he said, he was told that they could not cardiovert because he had been in a fib for more than 48 hours. Apparently the thinking behind this is that cardioversion at this stage might dislodge a clot with bad consequences. So, he was sent home, still in a fib, as they didn't give him any medication either! At this point, I was more than puzzled.
What he has got, is an appointment with the a fib unit, and from that he will be given an anti coagulant for six weeks (!!!!) and THEN they will cardiovert! I'm flabbergasted by now. Are they really going to let him stay in a fib for six weeks?? And surely he'll get some medication very soon?
As it happens, he reverted back to sinus last night, much to everyone's relief.
I'm torn between thinking he or I have misunderstood something, or it has not been explained it very well, and wondering if there's new thinking abroad amongst hospital medics that I've missed somewhere along the way.
Anyone else had this experience?