I have an appointment with my cardiologist in about 5 weeks time and I am considering asking if I can go down the Pill in the Pocket route.
I was in persistent AF last year but after 6 months on Amiodorone I was back in NSR. I have 2 AF episodes since I came off the Amiodorone (approx 6 months ago) one of which lasted 8 hours and stopped by itself and the other I was chemically cardioverted using Flecainide. I currently take 50mg Flecainide twice a day as well as Rivaroxaban and Bisoprolol.
Anyway, when I go into AF, I don't really get what could be described as acute symptoms. My resting heart rate is usually 50-60 and during AF goes up to 80-100. I can carry on my usual day with just a little discomfort and only usually end up in hospital as I don't know what else I am meant to do.
I don't like taking the Flecainide as I get side effects of chest discomfort and the Bisoprolol makes me feel lethargic all the time.
So with this in mind I want to ask my cardiologist if I can try the PIP approach so that when I next go into AF I can take some Flecainide to revert back to NSR.
Does anyone else use this method already? If so do you have any advice?
Last time i was in hospital, one of the cariologist doing the ward rounds was talking about an ablation. I really don't want to go down this route yet as it seems extreme considering that I'm not really suffering too badly!!!