I was told I had AF back in Jan 2014 - I was admitted as an emergency as I had over two stone of fluid built up over 12days and my breathing terrible. I saw 3 GPS and they did not pick this up thought it was something else even when my hr was very high. Anyway was admited with heart failure, they said I was very ill, but as soon as the fluid was resolved I was a lot better. I spent 11 days in hospital, all the various tests done and sent home with 5mg of Bisoprlol, Digoxin 125, ramipril 2.5 and aspirin. I was diagnosed with breast cancer the day before allof this and dr. said to stay aspirin until I had breast op and then to change to warifin. I also had flurosimide to take for water retention if and when needed. All seem to b going well, had breast op in June (that was sucessful amd then radio therpyfor 3 weeks after 6 weeks of op). After op I did not take Warfarin I was put on Revaroxaban by GP.
I have since been told that I have permanent AF and as such do not get the awful symptoms that some of you have. I have good and bad days but carry on as best I can doing my normal routines. When I get stressed I do find that I start to panic a bit. my chest often feels tight and breathing becomes difficult. I as not completely happy with biso - I amsure some days it makes me i little out of it and my eyes seem to be out of focus, feel I am looking through a pair on binculars that are out of focus.
first week in May wen to doctor with what I thought was a chest infection, started one moring with dry constant cough, no cold or flu symtoms no temperature jus this cough which my next day sounded that really congested, Went to doctor said chest infection, given strong ati bios and sent home. After 5 days this was no better, breathing was worse and ankles and feet had swollen. So went back again and st off to A & E. Tests done . xray and blood tests revealed that their was no infection but had fluid on lung from heart not working properly and of course by now my HR was sky high. Stayed in hospital for 6 days, various tests, hooked up to monitor for 5 days. consultant wasnted to upmy biso 7.5, I had tried this before for a short while but felt terrible , I think I can tollerate the 5 but not the 7.5. Aslo I had stopped taking Digoxin about 5 months ago, my doctor did not understand why I was given becuse of my age (68) and she believes it is not a good drug for AF. I was given a dose of 7.5 biso in hospital and I reacted badly. When asking the doctor I was told that I either take the 7.5 biso or 5 biso and digoxin, that was their prescribed medication for AF. Had a bit of a set too with her (junior doctor), she said I must take one of these options. I asked about other drugs and her reply was she would have to go and ask a consultant about this as if it was not convenient. So told to her go and do so. Eventually another doctor speaks to me nd he said he would try Diltiazem but would still have to take the biso. This at the moment seems to suit me better.
Has anyone else problems with fluid setting things off. Sorry for such a long post.