I'm new to the forum, my mum got diagnosed with AF today, I went with her to see the cardiologist and it was a lot to take in for both of us, I had thousands of questions I knew I should ask but I just couldn't think of them and the although the doctor was friendly enough It felt very rushed and I would have welcomed recommendation to support networks such as this to help us with how we cope with the news but maybe that was too much to ask. Anyway I'm super glad I found this sight because I can tell my mum is scared stiff and I just want to help find the information to help her.
She's been told she needs to start Warfarin and then have a cardioversion in 6-8 weeks. has anyone had this treatment? and can it resolve the AF? I'm also really scared of Warfarin and the side effects (such as internal bleeding and clotting) how serious can that be and what the likely hood this can happen? Will she really have to take it for the rest of her life as the doctor said can't her INR optimise over time if its an issue at all? I say this as mum hasn't had a stroke before, and is 63yo so if the cardioversion works can't she stop the warfarin?
also I'm not sure all possible AF causes have been explored such as Heart Valve Disease, as she has got regurgitation in the Mitral and another one (I forgot the name). also she is over weight. could any of these reduce her risk factors such that she either may not need a cardioversion or could come off Warfarin at some point.
I'm really sorry to brain dump like this I just would like to give her and myself the comfort we need to make this diagnosis less of a monster and the fact we only had the diagnosis today hasn't really left us enough time to let it all sink in. Anyway happy I found the forum and any advise would be super welcome .