Reading the various posts on this forum has been extremely helpful and supportive. Thank you to all contributors. My story will probably be familiar to many of you..................
I had complained to my GP some months ago about missing heart beats but he didn't seem concerned and was more worried about my mild hypertension.
Six weeks ago I holidayed in ireland and began to suffer from a persistent cough, some breathlessness and swollen feet. Thinking I was developing late onset asthma I booked an appointment with a different GP.
I was quite shocked when he wrote a note to the A & E Dept of my local hospital. "This 74 year old patient is suffering from AF and heart failure.
I spent four days in hospital. Had various tests - X-ray ElectroCardiogram, etc. - and was started on Warfarin, Bisoprolol and Ramipril. The worst news was that my heart was damaged (somehow) and was only pumping with 25% efficiency instead of the minimum 60% needed.
Now six weeks later ( and having Eplerenone added to the drugs list) I am feeling much better. Bisoprolol caused horrible problems but was resolved by reducing the dose from 5 mg to 2.5 mg.
I am coping will with the Warfarin blookd tests.
I was booked in for an angiogram but this was cancelled when it was realised that I was to have a CardioVersion before the angiogram so will have to get the Warfarin levels right before the CV. I think a Cardio MRI is also to be scheduled.
Still can't quite believe this has happened!! But glad that I have such a good Cardio;ogy unit at Basildon University Hospital. Keep the posts coming - they are very helpful.