I while back people were asking if others had regular reviews with their doctor so I thought the following may be of interest.
I will be 70 next month, had AF but clear for the last nearly seven years after three ablations, still get occasional bouts of multiple ectopics and short runs of tachycardia but not on any meds for AF other than warfarin with max 84 day tests.. Had prostate cancer in 2011 which was successfully operated on ((full prostatectomy) followed by 33 sessions radiotherapy and three years hormone implants. Now on three monthly PSA watch blood tests . Have a flu jab every year and the old poo sticks tests whenever they come through the post (two years?)
About every six months I am asked to do a seven day blood pressure chart which I send in to the medical centre and am on losartan amd amlodopine for BP plus statin for cholesterol.
Once a year I have blood test for liver and kidney function, cholesterol, blood sugars and a few other bits and pieces and have weight and BMI checks at that time.
I have just received a letter from my old EP at Royal Brompton Hospital with an appointment for July this year. Thinking this may be a mistake I rang his secretary. Early last year I wrote to him regarding a bad bout of ectopics and how we could deal with them but never went up to London to see him and they thankfully stopped after taking a couple of days of medication and a session of Bowen to relax the vagus nerve. EPs secretary told me he just wants to see me to make sure and to catch up on things also to keep me active on the books.
So my point is that some of us are well looked after with considerable after-care but do wonder just how many and how much it depends on a) how well you bond with and work with your doctors and b) how good are the internal systems at your own medical centre.