I was diagnosed with AF in December 2013, cardioverted March 2014 and have been in NSR since. I have had a few AF episodes but have, after a few hours, always returned to NSR. Over the last three weeks I have had five episodes of AF (lasting anything between 3 and 5 hours), and with the last one ended up in A&E (pulse 140 +) and (typically!!) going back into NSR 5 minutes before seeing a doctor. During these few weeks I have been quite stressed re house move (say no more!!). I visited my GP yesterday to ask about flecainide as a PIP. He said he would write to my EP about this, but later during the day he phoned to say that he had discussed this with one of the senior doctors who agreed that I could take 100 as PIP. He also said that the letter received from A&E said I was tachycardic and then went on to say I should not take flec. if I had a raised heart rate and ended by saying "any chest pain etc call an ambulance immediately" !! Having looked at the risks of tachycardia (via Internet) and reading I have an increased risk of a heart attack, I am now frightened and anxious about this. When I have an AF episode my heart rate soars in fact I always thought AF was a fast irregular heartbeat. This advice seemed a bit contrary and your thoughts would be appreciated.
Sorry to be so long winded X