Hello, I wonder if anyone can give me any insight or reassurance.
My mum is 54 and up until June 2014 was really fit and well (gym 5x a week, healthy weight and diet, non smoker.) In June I was with her as she suffered a sudden heart attack (which was absolutely terrifying and I often get flashbacks) the Drs described the heart damage (to her left atria) as modest, her arteries were determined to be healthy and no stenting was necessary. She has since been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation which she can be quite symptomatic with and also occasional first degree heart block.
She is waiting to hear whether she is indicated for ablation surgery or perhaps a pacemaker. She currently takes a myriad of drugs and gets a few side effects from them.
She generally feels well but has days where she is quite fatigued (perhaps 5 days a month.)
Basically this whole thing worries me sick and dominates most of my waking thoughts, I have experienced panic attacks and nightmares and feel so worried that she won't be around to see me have children or will continually deteriorate into heart failure.
I don't really know what I'm looking for on this site… perhaps some shared stories or reassurance, I don't know anyone else living with heart disease and used to think that a heart attack always preceded a decline into heart failure and death
Thank you in advance <3