I was diagnosed August 2014....but had a "heart racing" episode in 2005 and periodically since then. It become much more intense in August and I was sent to ER and was five days in hospital in August. Heart rate in hospital was 130-135. Put on Metoprolol 250mg which did nothing but make me feel worse. Also began Warfarin. Cardioverted in October and was put on 1.25 Bisoprolol instead of Metoprolol. Reverted one week later and then put on 10 Bisop....my heart rate was around 100 to 110. In November I started Amiodarone even though I asked for something less intense. Heart rate shot up to 135-140 after beginning Amiodarone.....and has fluctuated from a low of 125 to a high of 140 since then. My heart rhythm is fairly regular now and I feel much better.....I then began reducing the Bisop to half (5mg), taking it at night, then down to 2.5, 1.25 and now for the past week eliminating it altogether. My heart rate has stayed at 135-140. I did see an EP and was offered an ablation. In our meeting he said that "the heart rate didn't bother him"....but I "qualified" for an ablation, so he had to offer it. Chance of success he said is 50-50 and the offer is open until June or July when it would be one year since the recent symptoms began.
I'm feeling so much better since being in a regular rhythm, and I'm trying to find ways of dealing with this other than a 50-50 ablation....ie, diet, magnesium, meditation...but the consistent heart rate of 135-140 (now almost six months) is beginning to worry me. Is there a medication out there that can help bring down the rate.....other than beta-blockers which don't seem to work for me?