Being diagnosed with AF, whether you or a loved one, can come as a big shock and learning how to cope with the diagnosis and symptoms can be difficult. However, there are many sources of information and support that you can draw on.
AF Association's website: afa.org.uk has a wealth of information regarding AF as well as many publications to view and download.
CARE AF: careaf.org is a patient support programme for people who have been diagnosed with AF to ensure that you are informed about your condition and give you all the information you need to be fully prepared for your AF treatment journey. You can also order a CARE AF pack and diary.
AF Association helpline: 01789 867502. We are more than happy to try to answer any queries or concerns you may have.
Email advice: please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your query and we will respond as soon as we can.
Your clinicians: if you have any concerns regarding your AF or treatment this should always be discussed with your GP or consultant. Please do not be afraid to ask. Many hospitals will also have Arrhythmia Nurses whom you can speak to.
Your local pharmacist: If you have a specific query regarding your medications i.e. interactions, your local pharmacist may be able to offer further advice.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CBT is a talking treatment directed at the ways people respond to, and cope with, present difficulties. Psychological reactions to symptoms range from panic to frustration to depression. CBT addresses these thought processes and helps people to adjust to a diagnosis of AF. The IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) Service Directory has lists of services available in your area - iapt.nhs.uk/services.