I have my first appointment with the Cardiology Department on Wednesday. I've looked up the name of the Consultant and she specialises in 'General cardiology with interest in pacing , arrhythmia, heart failure, syncope'. I know the chances of meeting her are remote, but I suppose at least it will be a member of the team.
I've been in permanent AF since early August and have been taking Bisoprolol and Digoxin, neither of which have made much of a difference except to slow my heart rate a bit. I'm breathless, exhausted, and most days have to will myself to do the smallest task. My heart still continues to do its thing at its own rate. At night, when all is silent, I am certain my ticker is trying to escape the confines of my ribcage by rattling around trying to find a weak spot by which to make its bolt for freedom.
I have a terrible fear of all things medical, including hospitals and doctors, so at the time of my appointment the chances are I will not be able to remember my own name! I just wondered what I should ask the Cardiologist/EP. Are there specific questions I should aim at them? Any suggestions will be gratefully received.