I had a 12 hour run of fast AF 6years ago. Went to A&E, stayed the night. No treatment. Went back to sinus rythmn and went home! Since then I've seen a cardiologist once who said "nothing to worry about dear" and gave me Bisoprolol 1.25mg at night because it drops my B/P too much in the morning. Throughout those 6 years I've had the occasional ectopic beat and tiny runs of " fast beats" and palpitations.
Yesterday morning I went into AF. It was much slower than last time and made me feel terrible. Dizzy and nauseous. Called ambulance and went to A&E. They gave me IV Flecainide which sorted the AF within 15 minutes. I was told to increase the Bisoprolol to 2.5mg. Was home again within 3hours! The A&E consultant said to make sure if it happens again to come in within 48 hours of it starting so I can have the Flecainide again.
My questions to you lovely people are...Have I got AF? Should I be having anticoagulants?
I am a 58 year old newly retired nurse practitioner who should know the answer to these questions!! I don't smoke but do like a glass or 2 of wine. Hadn't been drinking when either of my episodes occurred!!
Thank you in anticipation of some really inspiring opinions and observations!!