Hello everyone, I am new to this wonderful forum where I have read so many post that have for me been very enlightening regarding AF. I was diagnosed with Atrial Tachycardia about ten years ago after an EP study and put on 10mg of propranolol to help with the arrhythmia but, as time went on the Tachycardia got worse and with it indescribable anxiety. I was referred back to an EP consultant who arrange for me to have a an ablation, which I had on the 27th November 2014 but, without success. Just as the Ablation was about to go ahead the EP doctor suddenly appeared at my side to tell me that they had trigged AF and because of that they would not be able to go ahead with the ablation instead they would have to sedate me immediately and then cardiovert my heart back into sinus rhythm which they did and which meant a overnight stay in the cardiac ward. The next morning I was told that I could go home. As you can imagine I was not as alert as I should have been in fact I was in shock ( excuse the pun ) regarding the thought that I had gone to hospital to get rid of one arrhythmia and had somehow acquired another.
I was allowed to leave hospital after this trauma without any advice or medication for this now newly acquired arrhythmia called AF and no further appointment. Since that day I have had two episodes which have terrified me causing me even more anxiety than I had before. The hospital in question is Kings college which to this day I have not heard a word from. I am now desperate to try and sort things out for myself and at 67 I feel having read much recently about AF I might be in the danger zone for a stroke.
I must say that from the time that I entered the EP lab things were not right. I was not given any relaxant and was at times in pain especially my throat but no one was interested when I told them this. what really worries me is that I was used for training doctors as their seemed to be a lot of explaining going on and different people working on me regarding the catheters in my heart. I did ring the arrhythmia nurse a few days later and she seemed surprised that this had happened to me, but she did ask the EP consultant to call me back but he was vague to say the least regarding my ablation being a training session which I know that doctors have to train but I thought that I would be informed if this was the case and, so as you can imagine that day was a nightmare for me and has made me fearful of having another ablation so not only have I now got AF on top of the Atrial Tachycardia I also have fear and anxiety because of the way that I was treated. I did go to my GP but he just shook his head and said I must get in touch with the hospital make an appointment and go back. I am wondering if their is anyone else who may have had a similar experience or am I an isolated case and, if so where do I go from here as I am at my wits end.