Hello, I am so very glad that this site is here. Already a source of information and helping quelling that feeling of being totally alone as I don’t know anyone with AF
I have recently been diagnosed with AF. This came about at Christmas, I had a cough was prescribed anti biotics by a hospital after a 111 appointment, and I then needed a note signing me off work. During my Dr's exam he noticed an irregular heartbeat, and then arranged a chest X Ray, Blood test and ECG.
This resulted in AF diagnosis, prescription of Bisopol 2.5mg, and follow up appointment to another local surgery for an echocardiogram. This Dr then increased Bisoprol to 5mg and I am to attend a local hospitals Anticoagulant Clinic for prescription of Warfarin this week. As far as I know this second Dr is not an EP .
I don’t generally look at medical related conditions on the internet as I scare very easily, I do have serious white coat syndrome. This however is different, and I have read a lot,the best discovery has been this site.
I plan to be travelling to Thailand in April ( I am usually there a couple of times a year ), and I am concerned that I will need to be getting INR checks, I am sure that is possible but don’t know where yet as a couple of the hospitals I have e mailed have not yet responded. Also, it seems that most Thai food contains vitamin K and I so enjoy it .
I have not been given any options on my treatment and Warfarin seems to be the way chosen for me. What I have read of Warfarin has made me very nervous, the need for regular blood checks, striving to get and maintain the correct reading, the limits of food and some medicines. I have seen references to Rivaroxaban and NOACS- I understand there is no antidote- is this the only major significant downside ?
In other members experience is Warfarin always the first and only option?
I feel very weepy and sorry for myself is this an effect of the Bisoprol? I really don’t want to slide into depression, but is so hard to feel positive I am so scared.
Thank you of reading this apologies if I seem a little complaining, but appreciate the option to say something to someone.