What a week. Last Tuesday I went to the Cardiac unit for a 24hr Holter Monitor. Guess what? My heart behaved impeccably.
On Saturday........ Back in AF, only this time was to be the worst yet! It's my 5th episode in about 10 - 12 weeks.
I woke up with it, took my additional 2.5mg Bisoprolol which usually worked after 45 mins, only this time it didn't. My heart went from 237 - 31 within one minute, but generally stayed between 150 & 200 bpm. 5 hrs later, (was planning a trip to see my parents), I took myself off to hospital and had the ECG confirming AF within 5 minutes.
To cut a long story short, I was transferred to Glenfield, (a leading Cardiac Hospital in the UK), to have a chemical cardioversion. This was attempted in the early hours of Sunday with amiodarone. It failed.
I was finally electrically cardioverted late Sunday morning with one shock of 200J. I'd been in AF for 25 hours. Following the cardioversion I was bradycardic for several hours, I guess as a result of the chemical cardioversion attempt, and then things settled down.
2 days later my resting HR is between 55 & 60. So far so good. My meds have now been upped to 5mg, (Bisoprolol & Ramipril), and I've been advised that it's time to consider an anticoagulant.
Which one would people recommend? I'm 47
Also, before the chemical cardioversion attempt I had an Echocardiogram when I was told my heart wall had thickened BUT the doctor did say that this could be reversed if i could get my blood pressure controlled better. What are others people's experience of this?
I'm seeing my doctor in the next few days to discuss. Your thoughts/suggestions are very welcome.