I am 68. Normally irregular heart beats only ever lasted a day over the years. In March 2015 it did not go away.I was put on Bisoprolol 10mg by A&E worried at my 155 pulse, lots of wierd side effects such as stopping breathing when waking in the mornings, swollen stomach.My Dr 1 said 10mg is high but kept me on it and arranged for me to see cardiologist....( still waiting) would need to monitor effects of medication. 2 weeks later saw Dr2 explaining side effects, he said it takes a while to get use to it and would I like to go on to 20mg Bisoprolol, to which I declined this offer.Had blood pressure test at chemist who said it was low. Saw Dr 3 who tested it again and it was normal.Told him I thought the Bisoprolol may in fact be preventing a return to normality.... pulse still fast at 120.He halved the dose and put me on 5mg.... the stopping breathing problem went.Asked if I would like to go on warfarin to which I agreed, ( though am unsure why they ask?)but not sure if I should before seeing the cardiologist.Also put me on Lanoxin 62.5 micrograms. No real change in pulse rate.Further checks bp low then Ok then low then ok. Probably not me but the equipment.Dr3 doubled Lanoxin.Can't say I have noticed much of an improvement in the AF/pulse rate,and wonder why I bother to take the medication.
Am considering going private if the appointment with NHS cardiologist is still too far off. Am worried if I stay on the stuff too long, whether I will ever get off it? Once having seen a private cardiologist how do you get back in to the NHS to avoid an ongoing expense of check ups or of whatever else is needed.
Any experiences you may have or other information about going private would be appreciated.